Marquee names will get the big headlines, but some teams can meet their needs more affordably with second-tier free agents, Jason La Canfora writes. More...
Avril, who had a career high 11 sacks last season, is thought to be a candidate for the franchise tag if the sides can't reach a long-term deal. Avril, though, has suggested he would hold out if the team uses the franchise tag, which is expected to be valued at $10.6 million for the 2012 season.
The Lions could gain some salary cap flexibility by restructuring the contract of Johnson, who is about to enter the final year of a rookie deal that carries a salary cap number of about $22.5 million, according to the Free Press. Johnson's agent, Bus Cook, told the Free Press he was scheduled to meet with the team at the combine to discuss a deal that would make Johnson the highest-paid receiver in the league.