5 Reasons Detroit Lions Must Appease Cliff Avril's Long-Term Needs

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5 Reasons Detroit Lions Must Appease Cliff Avril's Long-Term Needs
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The Detroit Lions face an important offseason task this summer.  They need to sign Cliff Avril and meet his needs. 

The 26-year-old defensive lineman for the Lions and is one of the better young players in the league.  He has been with the Lions since 2008 when he was drafted out of Purdue.

He has been through the ups and downs of the team and hopes, according to The Detroit News, to remain a Lion for a long time.  He hopes that he and Lions' President Tom Lewand can make a long-term deal before the July 16 signing deadline.

Here is why the Lions need to appease his long-term needs.

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