While the Lions have done roster shuffling this past week, GM Martin Mayhew doesn’t seem to worried about losing Cliff Avril in free agency starting in March.
Mayhew says he does not plan on having to use the franchise tag during the free agency period either.
“All those guys that are free agents, we’ll continue to have discussions about,” Mayhew said. “I’ve talked to a few of their agents. We have ample time to sort through those situations. If you go back and look through our history here, we haven’t had a lot of free agents that we really wanted to have back that we didn’t get back.
“We haven’t had a lot of free agents here that we thought were good players here that went somewhere else and they performed great somewhere else. You can go and take a look at that. The guys that we want back, we’ve been able to get back, for the most part.”
He had better hope it’s a strategy that doesn’t backfire, as right now the team is awfully thin at the D-line spot.