Cliff Avril to skip Lions' minicamp

Updated: June 12, 2012, 8:31 AM ET
Associated Press

DEARBORN, Mich. -- When the Detroit Lions kick off their mandatory minicamp Tuesday, defensive end Cliff Avril doesn't plan to be there.

"It's mandatory if you're signed," Avril said.

The Lions put the non-exclusive franchise tag on Avril in March, effectively keeping the defensive end from hitting the market.

Another team can negotiate with Avril, but the franchise would have to be willing to give up a pair of first-round picks to sign him. The 26-year-old Avril has ...

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