|02-19-2013, 11:36 AM||#1|
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Lions Won't Use Franchise Tag
Detroit Lions general manager Martin Mayhew said he will not use the franchise tag, Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press reports.
“No,” Mayhew said when asked if he would use the tag last week. “We’re not going to franchise anybody.”
Of their 23 unrestricted free agents, the Lions have two players who might be candidates for the tag under difference circumstances.
Last year, the Lions placed the non-exclusive version of the tag on defensive end Cliff Avril, effectively keeping him off the free agent market. Avril had a team-high 9 1/2 sacks last year, but the Lions would have to pay him $12.7 million, or 120% of his 2011 salary, if they want to tag him again.
Source: The Redzone
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