Lions not frustrated by Cliff Avril situation

Detroit Lions president Tom Lewand says the club has made Cliff Avril “very substantial offers” and says lines of communication with the defensive end remain open.

Avril has not shown up for the team’s offseason program as he has not signed his franchise tag tender. He’s seeking a long-term deal.

“Some guys have signed the tender and chosen to come in and practice without an extension, the Wes Welker example,” Lewand said, according to Anwar Richardson of MLive.com. “Some haven't. I don't question Cliff's commitment, his work ethic, anything. He's made a choice to work out on his own. These are obviously voluntary sessions. We can only talk about the guys who are here.”

Lewand says the team remains in communication with Brian Mackler, who represents Avril. Whether a deal can be completed before the July 16 deadline remains to be seen. There is time.

“We'll leave the dialogue open,” Lewand said. “I talked to Brian recently, and we have an ongoing dialogue. We've said all along, we'd like Cliff to be here. We've made some very substantial offers to him. We haven't been able to work a deal out.”

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