Cliff Avril, Lions Continue Negotiating Before Franchise Tag Deadline

The Detroit Lions are in heavy negotiations with pending free agent defensive end Cliff Avril to come to terms on a new contract before the franchise deadline. The team was in negotiations for the majority of the day on Sunday with Avril's agent, according to a report by Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press.

Avril is coming off the best season of his young career with 11 sacks in 2011, improving his sack total in every season since he was drafted by the Lions in the 2008 NFL Draft. The Lions hope to reach an agreement prior to the 4 p.m. ET franchise tag deadline on Monday.

For more on the Lions offseason, head over to the SB Nation blog Pride Of Detroit or visit SB Nation Detroit.

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