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Lions tag DE Cliff Avril

Updated: March 5, 2012, 1:32 PM ET
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The Detroit Lions did not want to lose Cliff Avril.

Detroit placed the non-exclusive franchise tag on the defensive end Monday, the last day the team could prevent him from becoming an unrestricted player on the free agent market next week.

The non-exclusive tag allows other teams to negotiate with Avril, but gives the Lions the option of matching the offer or letting him go in exchange for a pair of first-round picks from the team that signs him.

If Avril doesn't sign ...

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