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Avril: Your move, Lions, in contract talks

The Sports Xchange

Detroit Lions defensive end Cliff Avril begged to differ Saturday with team president Tom Lewand???s stance that the next move in their contract talks belongs to Avril.

Avril hasn???t signed the team???s $10.6 million franchise tender. The team's standout pass rusher hasn???t shown up for voluntary workouts and probably won???t next week for minicamp. The sides reportedly are $2 million per year apart in negotiations on potentially a four- or five-year deal.

???It???s up to Tom,??? Avril told the Detroit Free Press. ???It???s up to Tom, and see where we can go with that.???

If a deal isn???t in place by July 16, Avril could opt for the franchise tender this season and become a free agent in 2013. However, Avril remains optimistic that an agreement can be reached before training camp in July.

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