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Avril, Lions set for negotiations once again

Mayhew says team typically re-signs players it wants Brad Biggs

Print This February 11, 2013, 08:43 AM EST

Cliff Avril rolled the dice last offseason when he turned down $30 million over three years and wound up playing for the franchise tag.

Now, the Detroit Lions defensive end is expected to reach the open market and it’s worth wondering if he will command $10 million per season this time around.

Avril had 9 ½ sacks last season after recording 11 in 2011. He had 29 sacks over the last three seasons so he’s been relatively consistent with his production on what is a talented line.

Carlos Monarrez of the Detroit Free Press reports Lions general manager Martin Mayhew isn’t showing his hand. Mayhew applauded Avril for betting on himself last season when he opted to play for the one-year tender.
 

"All those guys that are free agents we're continuing to have discussions about," Mayhew said, per Monarrez. "I talked to a few of their agents and we've got ample time to sort through those situations.
 

"If you go back and look at our history here, we haven't had a lot of free agents that we really wanted to have back that we didn't get back. We haven't had a lot of guys that were free agents here that we thought were good players that went somewhere else and they performed great somewhere else. You can go back and take a look at that. The guys that we want back we have been able to get back for the most part."

The question is at what price? Surely, Avril will have a good idea what he can get from another team before he makes a decision.

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Brad Biggs covers the Bears for the Chicago Tribune

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