Lions appear poised to let Cliff Avril test open market

The Detroit Lions look poised to allow defensive end Cliff Avril to establish his value on the open market.

That makes it a gamble whether or not the team will be able to retain the pass rusher.

But it’s one Chris McCosky of the Detroit News reports the team appears comfortable making after securing Avril with the franchise tag last season. Avril played for the $10.6 million tag in 2012 after turning down a reported $30 million, three-year offer. The Lions elected not to place the tag on him again.

According to McCosky, there isn’t an ongoing negotiation for the services of Avril. The player bet on himself when he turned down the multi-year offer and had 9

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