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Lions DE Cliff Avril Unsure Where He'll Play In 2013
Lions defensive end Cliff Avril is playing on a one-year franchise tender of $10.6 million and will be a free agent this offseason. He isn't sure were he will be playing next season, Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press reports.
Avril turned to Justin Durant, another of the Lions' seven pending free-agent defensive starters. "I'm like, 'Well, I don't know where I'm going to be at next year. J.D., do you know where you're going to be at?' " Avril said. "And then both of us looked at each other like, 'No, but Tully does.' "
While Stephen Tulloch signed a five-year, $25.5-million contract this off-season, Avril turned down a three-year deal worth somewhere in the neighborhood of $30 million and, as general manager Martin Mayhew put it this summer, "bet on himself" having the type of season that would lead to a more lucrative long-term offer next year.
"As coaches we always evaluate, is a player level, is a player declining, is a player ascending, and Cliff's definitely an ascending player," defensive line coach Kris Kocurek said. "He's got a lot of big plays ahead of him."
Source: The Redzone
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