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08:07 AM ET 02.17 | Soon-to-be free agent Cliff Avril hit satellite radio Thursday, making a few points absolutely clear. 1. He wants to say with the Detroit Lions. 2. He wants to get paid. And not in that order. The defensive end will become a free agent next month, unless the Lions can lock him up first. He's expected to be one of the higher-profile players available and could command more money than the Lions are willing to spend. ... "I want to be there. We have a young D-line. But I know it's a business, and you only hit free agency once or twice in your career, so you definitely have to take advantage of it." Asked whether he would give the Lions a hometown discount, Avril didn't hedge. "There's no such thing as a hometown discount in the NFL."

Detroit Free Press

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February 17, 2012  08:18 AM ET

"There's no such thing as a DETROIT hometown discount in the NFL."

February 17, 2012  08:26 AM ET

Here's the mercenary thread.

February 17, 2012  08:27 AM ET

I think he's ready to put his home on the market and sell out to the highest bidder. He sounds like the kind of guy that would throw in a night with his wife if it would close the deal.

February 17, 2012  08:30 AM ET

That's good news for NFC North teams except Detroit. Now, only if he played opposite Peppers.....

February 17, 2012  08:32 AM ET

Cliff Avril would do well to consider how well some of the other players have done chasing the almighty $$.... Richard Seymour, Albert Haynesworth, hell....even Larry Foote found out that the grass aint always as green as the cash you chase, on the other side...... He's on a team with arguably the best D-line in the league, and the prospect of playoff ball for the next few years at least....whats the difference between making $10million/year and $14million/year...really?

February 17, 2012  08:41 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

Cliff Avril would do well to consider how well some of the other players have done chasing the almighty $$.... Richard Seymour, Albert Haynesworth, hell....even Larry Foote found out that the grass aint always as green as the cash you chase, on the other side...... He's on a team with arguably the best D-line in the league, and the prospect of playoff ball for the next few years at least....whats the difference between making $10million/year and $14million/year...really?

A couple of Bentleys, over priced mansion, more jewlery.....

February 17, 2012  08:45 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

Cliff Avril would do well to consider how well some of the other players have done chasing the almighty $$.... Richard Seymour, Albert Haynesworth, hell....

Seymour was traded entering the final year of his contract. He wasn't a free agent, and he really, really didn't want to go. Despite that, he's continued to play at a high level.

And Fat Albert's problems are entirely of his own making.

Better examples would be Deion Branch's years wandering in the wilderness of Seattle, or Asante Samuel in the eff-d up organization that calls itself the Eagles.

February 17, 2012  08:55 AM ET

Fans only think about players like Cliff Avril when they want the money.
Cliff Avril thinks about the fifty other guys he has seen come and go and get cut and paid injury settlements to and are not even eligible for the NFLPA retirement system. Then there are all the guys he knows had the team terminate the players contract early and kick them out the door.
Cliff Avril is correct. You only hit FA once, maybe twice, in your career, and that is only if you are good enough tostick around for four or five years. Most players never see it.

February 17, 2012  09:05 AM ET

I don't blame him. The most brutal of the big time sports ironically doesn't have guaranteed contracts. Get the money while you can this offseason, a career ending injury is one play away. As a father and husband it is his responsibility to provide as secure a future as possible financially. Hopefully he'll get a big payday and not squander it (like TO and countless others pro athletes). As a Lions fan, I'd like him to stay, but if not there D line is deep and a decent DE playing next to Suh and Fairley should be able to put up comparable numbers. More importantly they have to keep CJ.

February 17, 2012  09:11 AM ET
QUOTE(#7):

Seymour was traded entering the final year of his contract. He wasn't a free agent, and he really, really didn't want to go. Despite that, he's continued to play at a high level.And Fat Albert's problems are entirely of his own making.Better examples would be Deion Branch's years wandering in the wilderness of Seattle, or Asante Samuel in the eff-d up organization that calls itself the Eagles.

Asante had 1 down year, before that he was fine. terrible example

February 17, 2012  09:12 AM ET

Its a dangerous job, why shouldnt he make as much as he can?

February 17, 2012  09:13 AM ET
QUOTE(#7):

Seymour was traded entering the final year of his contract. He wasn't a free agent, and he really, really didn't want to go. Despite that, he's continued to play at a high level.And Fat Albert's problems are entirely of his own making.Better examples would be Deion Branch's years wandering in the wilderness of Seattle, or Asante Samuel in the eff-d up organization that calls itself the Eagles.

Asante had one off year. even then its not like he was getting torched every game. Terrible example

February 17, 2012  09:22 AM ET
QUOTE(#8):

Fans only think about players like Cliff Avril when they want the money.Cliff Avril thinks about the fifty other guys he has seen come and go and get cut and paid injury settlements to and are not even eligible for the NFLPA retirement system. Then there are all the guys he knows had the team terminate the players contract early and kick them out the door.Cliff Avril is correct. You only hit FA once, maybe twice, in your career, and that is only if you are good enough tostick around for four or five years. Most players never see it.

Absolutely...think the Lions will take his "hometown discount" into consideration when they want to cut him for cap space or to sign a younger player later on? NO! Hey..get the bread while you can b/c the next season isnt guaranteed.

NOW, with that said...I still wouldn't chase the $$ to a terrible team. There has to be a balance between getting paid and wanting to be on a competitive team. IMO

February 17, 2012  09:23 AM ET

Come to NE, my friend...

February 17, 2012  09:29 AM ET
QUOTE(#14):

Come to NE, my friend...

Join Williams, Finnegan and the rest.

February 17, 2012  09:36 AM ET

Unless you're on a team with a very good chance at getting a ring, go for the money. That's really the only 2 important things in pro sports- the ring and the money.

February 17, 2012  09:38 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

Cliff Avril would do well to consider how well some of the other players have done chasing the almighty $$.... Richard Seymour, Albert Haynesworth, hell....even Larry Foote found out that the grass aint always as green as the cash you chase, on the other side...... He's on a team with arguably the best D-line in the league, and the prospect of playoff ball for the next few years at least....whats the difference between making $10million/year and $14million/year...really?

Seymour just got $15M guaranteed

February 17, 2012  09:51 AM ET
QUOTE(#14):

Come to NE, my friend...

Will be forced to live in Brockton--no thanks...

February 17, 2012  09:58 AM ET

As a bears fan, I hate going up against this guy. He's good. I hope he leaves the NFC north

 
February 17, 2012  10:20 AM ET
QUOTE(#12):

Asante had one off year. even then its not like he was getting torched every game. Terrible example

I wasn't saying Asante had a bad year, or that he was a slacker. Rather, I was saying that he left a perennial division champion to play for a team that's been going downhill. Last year, there was talk that he might be the odd man out after Philly spent big on their defensive backfield.

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