Cliff Avril has no regrets leaving Detroit Lions


Cliff Avril turned down a three-year, $30 million offer from the Detroit Lions last year, but the defensive end instead accepted a two-year, $13 million contract from the Seattle Seahawks last week.

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Avril isn't crying poverty, but that's a lot of money missing from his bank account.

During a Tuesday appearance on NFl Network's "The Dave Dameshek Football Program," Around The League asked Avril if market's softness surprised him.

"The market isn't where most of us expected it to be as free agents," he said. "The cap didn't go up that much. Kind of didn't help us out. It is what it is. I'm just happy to be a part of this good team."

Avril said he knew his days in Detroit were done by the time free agency kicked off last week.

"They didn't offer me anything," he said.

It's a bit of a curiosity why the Lions cut ties with Avril, who remained productive last season, and at 27 has prime years remaining. The market dictated some change in thinking, but it certainly appears that the Lions' opinion on Avril changed between last summer and now.

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