September 11, 2011; Tampa, FL, USA; Detroit Lions defensive end Cliff Avril (92) during the second half against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Raymond James Stadium. Detroit Lions defeated the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 27-20. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-US PRESSWIRE

Lions, Avril have 14 days to reach agreement on multiyear deal

The deadline for defensive end Cliff Avril to sign a multiyear contract extension with the Detroit Lions is 14 days away.

Per the rules set by the NFL’s Collective Bargaining Agreement, the Detroit Lions have until 4:00 p.m. (est.) on July 16 to sign Cliff Avril to a multiyear deal.

If that deadline should come and go without Avril signing a contract extension, he may only sign a one-year contract and the Lions will not be allowed to give Avril a contract extension until week 17 of the NFL season, assuming the team does not make the playoffs, or until the Lions are eliminated from the playoffs, assuming the team does make the playoffs.

Avril will play this season under the one-year franchise tender of $10.6 million and become a free agent for a second time next season if he does not reach an agreement with the Lions on a multiyear contract by the deadline, according to Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press.

Avril was drafted by the Detroit Lions in the third round of the 2008 NFL Draft out of Purdue University. He has recorded 133 tackles, 30.5 sacks, 14 forced fumbles, one interception, and two touchdowns so far in his career.

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