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Improved Lions face busy offseason

Updated: January 10, 2012, 10:45 AM ET
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ALLEN PARK, Mich. -- The Detroit Lions made the playoffs for the first time since the 1999 season. Now the team's front office has some big contract decisions to make about some key players, and even the team's head coach.

Free agent defensive end Cliff Avril hopes the offseason includes signing a lucrative contract that keeps him in Detroit after making a career-high 11 sacks in his fourth year with the team.

"It's all about if they want me to be here," Avril said. "I definitely ...

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