Lions’ Cliff Avril ready to hold out?

Mark J. Miller
Scoop Du Jour

Detroit Lions defensive end Cliff Avril got himself into trouble last week when he suggested that other teams have already been calling to woo him before they are technically allowed to do such a thing. And while he backtracked from that, he has now plowed into another subject that likely won't win him much love in Motor City.

The 260-pounder said Saturday that if the Lions franchise him, he may decide to hold out, according to the Detroit Free Press.

"There's a lot of different possibilities, and that's one of the possibilities -- not showing up," Avril said, according to the paper. "But we don't know. That's not the plan, obviously. But there's a lot of different possibilities, and that's definitely one of them."

The 25-year-old Avril "likely wants a long-term deal that would pay him about $12 million per season," the paper notes since similar contracts were doled out last year to Carolina Panthers defensive end Charles Johnson and Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Tamba Hall.

"I don't want to be franchised," Avril said, the Free Press reports. "That's basically what I got last year. The tender was basically the same thing. I just want security and longevity."

Avril has had 30.5 sacks in his four seasons in the NFL with 11 coming last season.

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