Will he stay? Avril says it's up to Lions

Cliff Avril (getty images)

After a career year, and one day after a quick exit from the post-season, Lions defensive end Cliff Avril is looking toward free-agency.

After his fourth season with the ball club, and one day after the team's playoff exit, Lions' defensive end Cliff Avril is already answering questions about his future.

Everyone is asking me do I want to be in Detroit... Yes I'd love to be here but it's not in my hands it's up to them, if they want me 58 minutes ago via Twittelator · powered by @socialditto

Said Avril, "Everyone is asking me do I want to be in Detroit... Yes I'd love to be here but it's not in my hands it's up to them, if they want me."

Avril inked a one-year tender last August, ending a contract dispute on the premise that the two sides would work towards a long-term deal. He originally joined the Lions as a third round pick out of Purdue in 2008, but has steadily improved ever since, recording a career and team best 11 sacks in 2011.

The Lions could opt to use their franchise tag on Avril, which would pay him the average of the top 10 salaries at the defensive end position.

Avril is among many top-tier Lions free-agents on the defensive side of the football, including starters Stephen Tulloch, DeAndre Levy and cornerback Eric Wright.

The free-agency period starts in February.

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