Take a look at any list of NFL free agent rankings and Cliff Avril’s name will be prominently mentioned among the very best. However, it seems other value Avril more highly than the Lions to the point they are fully comfortable with letting Avril test the free agent market, likely resulting in a deal the Lions have no interest in attempting to match.
A report earlier in the week said the Cleveland Browns would make a big push for Avril. In the early going, a total of four teams are showing interest.
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While the Lions’ interest is not known at this point, it would seem unlikely they would suddenly get involved at the stroke of midnight having spent the earlier portion of the offseason not actively engaged in talks with Avril. If they weren’t then, why suddenly jump in at the first moment other teams get the chance to make a pitch to his agent?
What is more likely is that the Lions will remain passive until the market for Avril has developed. At that point they can weigh the cost in the context of their overall salary cap situation and roster-building plan.
I still find it hard to see a scenario in which Avril returns to the Lions. What do you think?