Lions' Avril doesn't plan to attend training camp
Detroit Lions defensive end Cliff Avril told ESPN yesterday that he doesn’t plan to attend training camp. The defensive end out of Purdue was hoping to get a long term deal from the Lions but the two sides couldn't reach an agreement.
Avril said he won’t be there on the first day for sure and is unsure about the rest.
The Lions used their franchise tag on Avril in March, which means he is set to make no less than the average of the top five players at that position.
In the case of a defensive end, Avril will make $10.6 million next year and is under contract for just one year.
Players often don’t like being franchised because it puts them in a contract year, which they recently just got out of. The Lions and Avril began talks of a long-term deal but failed to reach by Monday’s deadline.
Avril said he knew in the back of his head that no deal was going to be made. Avril had a career year last year with 11 sacks, 6 forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries.