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08:01 AM ET 07.16 | That ticking noise coming out of Detroit is the clock on Cliff Avril's tenure. The Lions have insisted for months that [Avril] is a big part of their future, but if the franchised defensive end doesn't sign a long-term deal by 4 p.m. [Monday] there's a chance this season will be his last in Detroit. Just 26, Avril will be one of the most coveted defensive ends available if he's allowed to test the free-agent market next spring. ... He has 30 sacks in four NFL seasons, is coming off a career year with 11 sacks and six forced fumbles and is entering his prime as a pass rusher. If Avril plays this fall under the $10.6-million franchise tender, the Lions won't be able to sign him to an extension until after the season.

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July 16, 2012  08:05 AM ET

The look on his face appears to be one of greener pastures looming...

July 16, 2012  08:09 AM ET

So, will defensive ends be the next class of player to demand quarterback money?

July 16, 2012  08:18 AM ET

He's their only lineman that hasn't been to jail, right ?

July 16, 2012  08:20 AM ET

Dang, the headline made me think it was Avril Lavigne. She can make me sweat in a good way! :D

July 16, 2012  08:31 AM ET

Lions better sign this guy!

July 16, 2012  08:44 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

Dang, the headline made me think it was Avril Lavigne.

Yeah. He should change his last name to "Clavin" to avoid that confusion.

July 16, 2012  08:45 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

So, will defensive ends be the next class of player to demand quarterback money?

Pay the QB's to win the game. Then pay the defensive ends who can knock the QB out of the game. Then pay the tackles who keep the defensive ends from getting to the QB. Then...

It's call the trickle down effect in the NFL.

July 16, 2012  09:09 AM ET

He's got a golden ticket to ride out of town after this season and he is going to punch that ticket.

July 16, 2012  09:10 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

The look on his face appears to be one of greener pastures looming...

That, or he sees Erin Andrews

July 16, 2012  09:14 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

Dang, the headline made me think it was Avril Lavigne. She can make me sweat in a good way! :D

That headline would be "Avril making loins sweat."

July 16, 2012  09:16 AM ET
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He's their only lineman that hasn't been to jail, right ?

Yep, and talent and character cost plenty in the NFL because they rarely are paired together.

July 16, 2012  09:26 AM ET
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He's got a golden ticket to ride out of town after this season and he is going to punch that ticket.

He's in a great position no matter happens. He's going to get paid an **** load of money to play in Detroit or somewhere else. Now all he needs to do is avoid the career or season ending injury and he's all set.

July 16, 2012  09:31 AM ET

My question is if he is in the Lions long term plans, why hasn't he been lock up by now.

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July 16, 2012  10:29 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

The look on his face appears to be one of greener pastures looming...

Or he's been burning the "greener pastures"..such a calm and relaxed look

July 16, 2012  11:45 AM ET

If he's smart, he'll get as far from Detroit as he possibly can.

July 16, 2012  12:01 PM ET
QUOTE(#3):

He's their only lineman that hasn't been to jail, right ?

cool comment comeing from washinton stoner.

July 16, 2012  01:24 PM ET
QUOTE(#16):

Or he's been burning the "greener pastures"..such a calm and relaxed look

True...

 
July 16, 2012  01:28 PM ET
QUOTE(#13):

My question is if he is in the Lions long term plans, why hasn't he been lock up by now.

OK exactly what did that mean LOL

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