On Tuesday afternoon, Detroit Lions defensive end Cliff Avril was a guest on SiriusXM NFL Radio and discussed his ongoing contract talks with the Lions. Detroit has until Monday to reach an agreement with Avril on a long-term extension prior to the deadline for players with franchise tags to do so.
The negotiations have dragged on for months and it has seemed as though a multi-year deal was a long shot. Now, it appears as though it may be possible, as Avril described the talks as progressing. Via ESPN.com:
Avril: "I think we are moving closer. We are progressing. But there are still things that need to be ironed out, like the numbers."
The two sides have six days to complete a deal or Avril will play the 2012 season under the franchise tag.