Don’t expect any franchise tag news out of Allen Park

Posted by ttwentyman on February 18, 2013 – 12:49 pm

Monday marks the first day NFL teams can use the franchise tag as a way of preventing players from reaching free agency.

Don’t expect any news out of Allen Park on that front.

Detroit Lions general manager Martin Mayhew made it clear immediately after the season that he had no plans to use the franchise tag and reiterated that point last week when he spoke to reporters again.

“We’re not going to franchise anybody,” Mayhew said. “It doesn’t make sense for us right now.”

Last year, the Lions placed the non-exclusive franchise tag on defensive end Cliff Avril, which paid him $10.6 million in 2012. The team would have to pay him upwards of $12.6 million, or 120 percent of last year’s salary, if they wished to tag him again.

That isn’t cost effective for a team with so many other needs and unrestricted free agents on the roster.

There was a time this season when safety Louis Delmas seemed like a candidate for the franchise tag – especially since the franchise amount for the safety position (approximately $6.8 million) is the third-lowest next to kickers/punters and tight ends – but injury concerns have probably decreased his value on the open market and the Lions will try to sign him for a much lower annual amount.

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6 Responses to “Don’t expect any franchise tag news out of Allen Park”

  1. By Black Wolf Standing on Feb 18, 2013 | Reply

    Last year should be a very big WARNING against Detroit using the Franchise tag.

    We could have signed Avril for less than the tag to a long term contract and after he had a taste of $10.6 million for a season, he’s not signing anywhere for under $11 million. He’s barely worth $5 million. He doesn’t dominate the game. A good left tackle can shut him down one on one. He cheery pick his sacks usually waiting for blown assignments. Can’t pressure QB’s if there is even a hint at a double teams.

    It’s time to part ways with Avril if he doesn’t agree to a pay cut.

    And this should be a double warning too. Don’t drag out contract negotiations. Get them done fast so that everybody can participate in OTA’s. As much as it pains me, let the people go that don’t want to come to quick terms. It’s a locker room poison to drag out these contract talks.

  2. By zedrick on Feb 18, 2013 | Reply

    get avirl out here!

  3. By LIONGUY2028 on Feb 18, 2013 | Reply

    We should get rid of Avril & go after Freeney!!! & should be able to get another DE in the draft

  4. By rockbo1955 on Feb 19, 2013 | Reply

    we would not pay him that much so the difference is a yer later he wort less then he was payed last trade for draft picks1

  5. By Ken on Feb 19, 2013 | Reply

    I am so glad Avril didn’t accept the 3 year deal we offered last year. He has potential but isn’t worth the money. I’d offer him six million a year and if not we can find better in the draft. His agent needs to talk some sense into him. He can try free agency but I don’t see many takers at 10 or 12 million a year. Keep dreaming pal. Go Lions.

  6. By Ben on Feb 19, 2013 | Reply

    @Black Wolf:
    Avril turned down a 3 year $30 million deal last season and that’s why we used the tag, it wasn’t about him getting a “taste” of franchise tag money. Also Avril lines up against Right Tackles not Left Tackles, which makes him worth even less in my eyes. To his credit though he is probably the most coveted FA DE right now. I agree with you however, he’s not worth the money it’s going to take to hold on to him for Detroit.

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