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