Dec. 2, 2012; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Lions defensive end Cliff Avril (92) pressures Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck (12)in the fourth quarter at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports

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Lions DE Cliff Avril braces for free agency, tough negotiations
Dave Birkett – Detroit Free Press

When Cliff Avril turned down a three-year, $30-million offer from the Lions last summer, general manager Martin Mayhew said he liked that his franchise defensive end “was willing to bet on himself and bet he’s going to outperform what was on the table.”

So, with 2012 in the books, did Avril win his bet?

“I don’t think the roulette table has stopped spinning yet,” Mayhew said this month. “I don’t know if he won the bet yet or not. That’s a good question for him, though. But it’s not over yet. We’ll find out kind of where he is.”

Detroit Lions ‘Ask Anwar’ questions: Why isn’t Martin Mayhew doing a better job?
Anwar S. Richardson – MLive.com

Q: How come Mayhew, a former NFL cornerback himself, has not been able to solidify the Lions’ cornerback position since he has become GM? You would think he would have the best insight and ability to evaluate talent and skills for the position considering he played it. – T
A: Because Mayhew…[continue reading]

What to make of the Detroit Lions’ coaching changes
Tim Twentyman – DetroitLions.com

The Detroit Lions announced Monday the hiring of two coaches, the movement of two others and the choice to not to retain special teams coordinator Danny Crossman.

Detroit Lions Mock Draft Tracker: Damontre Moore a D-Line Option?
Chris Burke – The Detroit Sports Site

With a little more than three months left before the 2013 NFL Draft, we take a look at who some of the experts have the Detroit Lions selecting in their mock drafts.

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