According to a report by NFL.com’s Albert Breer, Lions defensive end Cliff Avril is seeking a four-year contract worth approximately $42 million, with half the money guaranteed.
The Lions have used their franchise tag on Avril, worth $10.6 million, for the 2012 season. Avril is one of eight franchised players around the league who remain unsigned and away from their respective clubs, hoping to instead sign long-term deals.
The Lions and Avril have until July 15 to reach a deal or he has to play under that franchise tag this season.
Breer, sighting sources close to the negotiations, says the Lions are offering approximately $2 million less per year, or around $8 million per season. He did not report the number of years the Lions are offering.
Lions president Tom Lewand told season ticketholders a couple months ago that the team has offered Cliff a number of multi-year deals.
Avril is coming off an 11-sack season in which he led the league with six forced fumbles. He’s been training away from the team while negotiations are ongoing.
If the report is accurate, it seems Avril’s asking price a lot less than the $60 and $72 million deals signed by the Chiefs’ Tamba Hali and the Panthers’ Charles Johnson, which Avril referenced after last season when talking about his value.
It certainly gives hope that the two sides can meet in the middle.
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