The Detroit Lions applied the franchise tag to defensive end Cliff Avril, after failing to reach a long-term deal by the Monday afternoon deadline. In an interview on the Lions’ official web site, Avril found the positives in being tagged.
Honestly and truthfully – at the end of the day – I’m very, very fortunate to be franchised by an NFL team. I’m very blessed. That being said, being a business, you always want to do what’s best for you and your family.
He then noted that he would still like to work out a new contract with the Lions.
I just hope we can continue to negotiate and try to get something done.
The feeling is apparently mutual, as the Lions would like to lock up the 25-year old pass rusher. Avril led the team in 2011 with 11 sacks.