Oct 10, 2011; Detroit, MI, USA; Chicago Bears wide receiver Devin Hester (23) gets brought down by Detroit Lions outside linebacker DeAndre Levy (54) during the second quarter at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-US PRESSWIRE

Detroit Lions Begin Offseason Program


The Detroit Lions got back to work today with the start of their offseason program. DeAndre Levy and Corey Hilliard were restricted free agents but signed their tenders to guarantee their return to the team and got back on the field with their teammates.

Sammie Hill is waiting until the end of the restricted free agency period to see if any late interest pops up but he signed a waiver in order to participate in today’s workout.

One notable absence was Cliff Avril who has not signed the one-year deal available to him as the team’s franchise player. The workouts are voluntary and Matthew Stafford isn’t concerned about Avril not taking part:

“These guys are professionals, they’re going to have their bodies right and ready to go,” Stafford said. “You look at it last year, had the lockout, nobody was here until whatever day it was and football looked the same on TV as it did the years before. I know Cliff and he’s going to be in tip-top shape ready to go.”

The Lions and Avril have until July 15 to agree to a long-term deal. If nothing is done by then Avril will have to sign the franchise tender to play.

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Tags: Cliff Avril Corey Hilliard DeAndre Levy Sammie Hill