Dec. 16, 2012; Glendale, AZ, USA: Detroit Lions defensive end Cliff Avril (92) against the Arizona Cardinals at University of Phoenix Stadium. The Cardinals defeated the Lions 38-10. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Detroit Lions Year In Review: July


The start of July marked the coming of the deadline for the Detroit Lions to reach an agreement with Cliff Avril on a long term deal. There were plenty of good arguments to be made for or against doing the deal, but most SideLion Report readers expected that Cliff Avril would have to play under the franchise tag. Sure enough, the two sides weren’t able to come to an agreement.

Calvin Johnson’s monster 2011 season had everyone looking forward to what he could do in 2012. SLR’s Marty Medvedik explored the possibility of Johnson finishing with 2,000 receiving yards in a season. Interesting to see how that played out…

The off-field news got even worse for the Lions when cornerback Aaron Berry was arrested for a second time in a month in late July. It became painfully obvious that the Lions’ attempts to get through to Berry weren’t working and something drastic had to be done to send a message to Berry and all the other young Lions who had run-ins with the law over the offseason. Berry was cut the next day.

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