As expected, no franchise tag handed out by Detroit Lions

Posted by ttwentyman on March 5, 2013 – 10:54 am

The franchise tag deadline has come and gone and to no one’s surprise, the Detroit Lions passed on franchising any of their would-be free agents.

General manager Martin Mayhew told local reporters twice this offseason that he didn’t plan on using the tag. He was true to his word.

“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 had to pay the young defensive end upwards of $12.7 million, or 120 percent of last year’s salary, if they wished to tag him again.

Two other potential franchise tag candidates for the Lions would have been safety Louis Delmas ($6.91 million) and cornerback Chris Houston ($10.85), but it simply didn’t make sense financially for the Lions.

Eight teams did place the franchise tag on a player prior to Monday’s 4 p.m. deadline:

Buffalo Bills — Safety Jairus Byrd.
Chicago Bears – Defensive tackle Henry Melton
Cincinnati Bengals – Defensive end Michael Johnson
Dallas Cowboys — Linebacker Anthony Spencer
Denver Broncos – Offensive tackle Ryan Clady
Indianapolis Colts — Punter Pat McAfee
Kansas City Chiefs – Offensive tackle Branden Albert
Miami Dolphins – Defensive tackle Randy Starks


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2 Responses to “As expected, no franchise tag handed out by Detroit Lions”

  1. By Shane Fountain on Mar 6, 2013 | Reply

    Dam goodmove not using it could not affoirs to waste cap mopney when wecan resign Houston , delmas,durant our main needs onthe defense the rest can be saved thru free agency and thee draft resigning jackson and asammie hill would be a good move as well i believe and it is jus my opinion but i say why not mocveSuh out to defensive end and put sammie hill in themiddle and draft emsah tpo replace avril and gpo aftert some named freeagents like Robinson and abraham

  2. By Don on Mar 6, 2013 | Reply

    Tagging Avril was a Waist of TEN MILLION $ Last year!
    He picked up WAY LESS Sacks and I’m not sure if he got any fumbles interceptions or what else he did.at all besides sitting on the side lines.
    And tell me when was it that Avril began having such great roles on this defense?
    I’ll tell you, it was after the Lions Mayhew and Schwartz put a Good defense together for him to thrive in that’s when.
    I didn’t even realize That he didn’t even Tackle? He doesn’t make Tackles on the Run? Why? Why Can’t he Tackle on the Running Play’s? You must mean that he won’t? Because I know he can, OH oh wait a Minute it’s not that he Can’t it’s that he wont until he gets paid to do that. LOL that is just wrong dude.
    No wonder the Lions don’t want to pay all that Money.
    They don’t want to pay full time money to part time player’s. Well that is only right, Man. Hey, Cliff you Must really want out of Detroit. So Fine, If you don’t want to play for Detroit then go and ……………….
    GO LIONS! GO! GO MAN GO! GO! GO! GO!
    And Avril if you Don’t want to play here then just GO. But, that is just so sad, to bad, And maybe it could have been so much more.Aye!

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