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Lions, franchised Cliff Avril end talks

Updated: July 16, 2012, 7:44 PM ET
Associated Press

DETROIT -- Cliff Avril refused to lash out at the Detroit Lions after both sides ended negotiations on a multiyear contract.

"I'm not mad," Avril said in an interview with The Associated Press about 40 minutes before Monday's 4 p.m. ET deadline to get a long-term deal done. "Business is business. You can't take it personal."

Avril will stay in Detroit as a franchise-tagged defensive end for at least one more season with a $10.6 million contract.

"While we are disappointed ...

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