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Lions' Avril says holdout possible

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08:05 AM ET 02.20 | Not long after admitting he wasn't much interested in a hometown discount, Lions defensive end Cliff Avril offered an update. [Avril] said Saturday he might hold out if the team uses the franchise tag on him. "There's a lot of different possibilities, and that's one of the possibilities -- not showing up," Avril said of missing off-season workouts and training camp. "But we don't know. That's not the plan, obviously. But there's a lot of different possibilities, and that's definitely one of them." The Lions could use the franchise tag on Avril anytime beginning Monday until the March 5 deadline to keep him from hitting the market as an unrestricted player when free agency begins March 13.

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February 20, 2012  08:19 AM ET

No I in team?

February 20, 2012  08:33 AM ET

$10M, for one year, is chump change?

February 20, 2012  08:39 AM ET

He thinks TOO highly of himself. He can be replaced

February 20, 2012  08:45 AM ET

Really. Detroit is an exciting, up-and-coming team. They don't need a prima donna cancer in the locker room.

February 20, 2012  08:53 AM ET

Thinking about holding out because they franchise him....Sounds like someone I would want on my team....NOT!!!

February 20, 2012  08:59 AM ET

Holding out is not an option anymore for a player under the new CBA agreement.
You must report at least 30 days prior to the start of the regular season or risk losing a year. AND you are fined $30,000 per day of the holdout. A player making $800,00 would be back to Zero dollars in 26 days.
Used to be if you showed up by game 8 you got a years credit. His agent needs to tell him to shuuuuutup!

February 20, 2012  09:14 AM ET

Good plan Cliff, good plan!

February 20, 2012  09:18 AM ET

It's good that he Trains.

February 20, 2012  09:39 AM ET

I'm not moved by his plight. Attitudes like this made it hard to side with the players during the lockout.

February 20, 2012  09:40 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

No I in team?

But there is in paId! That's his concern

February 20, 2012  09:42 AM ET
QUOTE(#6):

Holding out is not an option anymore for a player under the new CBA agreement. You must report at least 30 days prior to the start of the regular season or risk losing a year. AND you are fined $30,000 per day of the holdout. A player making $800,00 would be back to Zero dollars in 26 days. Used to be if you showed up by game 8 you got a years credit. His agent needs to tell him to shuuuuutup!

Sounds like someone needs to sit young Avril down and read to him.

And - explain clearly... as if he were a 12 year old.

February 20, 2012  09:52 AM ET
QUOTE(#6):

Holding out is not an option anymore for a player under the new CBA agreement. You must report at least 30 days prior to the start of the regular season or risk losing a year. AND you are fined $30,000 per day of the holdout. A player making $800,00 would be back to Zero dollars in 26 days. Used to be if you showed up by game 8 you got a years credit. His agent needs to tell him to shuuuuutup!

It's good when players know and understand how their own CBA works. They only voted on it after all.

February 20, 2012  09:53 AM ET
QUOTE(#6):

Holding out is not an option anymore for a player under the new CBA agreement. You must report at least 30 days prior to the start of the regular season or risk losing a year. AND you are fined $30,000 per day of the holdout. A player making $800,00 would be back to Zero dollars in 26 days. Used to be if you showed up by game 8 you got a years credit. His agent needs to tell him to shuuuuutup!

It's good when players know and understand how their own CBA works. They only voted on it after all.

February 20, 2012  09:56 AM ET

These ego maniacs might want to look at the fates of Moss, TO, and soon Ochowhacko. This might douse the ego flames a tad - which would be in their best interests.

I hear TO would come pretty cheap these days...

February 20, 2012  09:56 AM ET
QUOTE(#12):

It's good when players know and understand how their own CBA works. They only voted on it after all.

ya have to just shake your head sometimes and wonder just what these guys majored in at the old college alma.
someone should tell him that not only can they tag him this year, they can do it again next year too.

February 20, 2012  09:57 AM ET
QUOTE(#13):

It's good when players know and understand how their own CBA works. They only voted on it after all.

The Steelers were the only team to turn it down.

February 20, 2012  10:00 AM ET
QUOTE(#11):

Sounds like someone needs to sit young Avril down and read to him. And - explain clearly... as if he were a 12 year old.

Here is the funniest part ( sic ) to the whole franchise tag thing.
The new CBA uses a different formula to determine the number and the franchise tag is LOWER than it was before the new CBA. WR went from around $11.5 million to around $9.5 million and all the positions are around 20% less than they were two years ago.
And you wonder why the owners love Goodell?

February 20, 2012  10:02 AM ET
QUOTE(#16):

The Steelers were the only team to turn it down.

It was a total win for the owners. In every way except the Minimum salaries went up . Well, golly, those are the guys they cut every two years anyways.
Profits doubled and payroll went down. ya cannot make it up.

February 20, 2012  10:10 AM ET
QUOTE(#15):

ya have to just shake your head sometimes and wonder just what these guys majored in at the old college alma.

You're kidding, right? ;-) No matter what the major, only those that wanted an education got one, the rest(except for those going to the draft early) got a degree.

 
February 20, 2012  10:19 AM ET

Attitude is Everything!!

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