Scanning the Savanna

The Lions have been the laughing stock of the NFL for nearly a decade but some savvy drafting over the past few years has them poised to break out of the gutter of the NFC.

It is with that background that we pass along the Detroit Lions’ decision to place a high tender on defensive end Cliff Avril, as reported by ESPN’s Adam Schefter. Under the current system, any team that wants to sign him would be required to send the Lions a first- and third-round draft pick — a non-starter for but the best NFL players.

There are more variables than ever at play with the Lions’ draft this year, and not just because of the 12 teams picking in front of them.

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