Monday was the deadline for players with franchise tags to work out a long-term deal or play the 2012 season on one-year tenders. Lion’s defensive end Cliff Avril failed to reach an agreement with the club and that means he will make 10.6 million dollars this coming season. Avril said he was disappointed the talks with Detroit broke down and also said he probably won’t be showing up at training camp when Lion’s veterans report on July 26th. The NFL Network said the team’s final offer to Avril was for a 3-year package for around 30 million dollars with 20 million guaranteed. Avril, a third round Detroit draft pick out of Purdue in 2008, had a career-high 11 sacks last year which led the team. Meanwhile, Chicago running back Matt Forte and Baltimore running back Ray Rice were able to agree to long term deals and beat yesterday’s signing deadline.
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