Dec 22, 2012; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh (90) and defensive end Cliff Avril (92) sack Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan (2) during the second quarter at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports

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Lions free agent Cliff Avril has ability to switch to right side of defensive line
Carlos Monarrez – Detroit Free Press

Will the Lions bring back free-agent defensive end Cliff Avril, and could he switch from the left side to the right side now that Kyle Vanden Bosch has been released?

“I suppose he could do a lot of different things,” general manager Martin Mayhew said recently. “He’s a very good athlete. He could probably stand up, he could play right end, he could play left end, he can do a lot of different things, I think. He’s a very talented guy. And I think he’s got a lot of versatility.”

Detroit Lions GM Martin Mayhew willing to bring in players with leadership qualities this offseason
Anwar S. Richardson – MLive.com

Lions general manager Martin Mayhew believes his squad needs more leaders in 2013, and plans to address that deficiency this offseason.

Who is the greatest running back in NFL history?
Damon Salvadore – Rant Sports

So many others come close. Barry Sanders played in the same era and was compared to Smith constantly. He was more fun to watch and he broke the bigger plays. Unfortunately he depended on the big play too much and wasn’t physical enough. In six playoff games Sanders failed to gain more than 70 yards five times and only scored one touchdown. Who could forget the 13 carries for negative one yard game against the Green Bay Packers? In 1999 Sanders unexpectedly retired and the Detroit Lions made the playoffs without him.

Giants ink DT Shaun Rogers to cap-friendly contract
Marc Sessler – NFL.com

The New York Giants sent defensive end Chris Canty packing this week, but one of their less-productive linemen will get a second chance in Gotham.

Jenny Vrentas of The Star-Ledger reports defensive tackle Shaun Rogers will stay with the team on a one-year $1.005 million deal that comes with a caveat: That salary drops to $433,000 if he winds up on injured reserve.

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