The wait is over; the Lions have their franchise player back.
Cliff Avril reported to camp this morning and signed the $10.6 million tender he is due under the franchise tag.
The whole situation seems to have been a bigger point of contention between fans that it was with Avril or the Lions organization. Avril didn’t report out of anger, although he would have preferred a long term deal to playing under a one-year franchise tender, and the Lions voiced no concern over Avril missing the first part of camp.
Lawrence Jackson and Willie Young will get fewer reps now that Avril is in camp but the Lions will have their full defensive end rotation in place.