The Detroit Lions hit defensive end Cliff Avril with the franchise tag this offseason, but Avril is looking for a big-time contract and the two sides are still far apart in contract talks according to a report by Albert Breer of NFL.com.
The Lions and Avril's people aren't near reaching a deal, either. In fact, the sides are separated by around $2 million per year on Avril's worth, according to sources with knowledge of the situation. The player's side is looking for something with a yearly average exceeding the $10.605 million attached to the tender, over four years, which would top $42 million, with more than half of it guaranteed. The Lions have made several offers. But nothing's close.
Avril has not signed his franchise tender yet, which would guarantee him a one-year salary of $10.605 million, but there is a point in which a long-term deal can no longer be reached. The Lions and Avril have until July 16 to work out a long-term contract. After that deadline, Avril must play under the one-year tender or not play at all, as the CBA dictates that the two sides can no longer engage in long-term contract negotiations.