Lions DE Cliff Avril ended his holdout Sunday, signing his one-year, $10.6 million franchise tender and reporting to training camp.
Avril, who reportedly turned down a three-year, $30 million offer by the Lions before the July 16 deadline for franchise players to agree to a long-term deal, is not happy about being tagged and showed his displeasure by not reporting for the start of training camp on July 26.
He passed his physical Sunday morning and officially signed the one-year tender. He tweeted Sunday morning, “If you’re heart is filled with faith then you can’t fear. Back to work, let’s get it #win.”
The 26-year-old Purdue product, had a team-high 11 sacks and six forced fumbles in 2011. He has 30 career sacks and 14 forced fumbles since being a third-round pick of the Lions in 2008.
Jets CB Darrelle Revis plans to show up to camp on time, according to Dennis Waszak Jr. of The Associated Press.
Jets players report to camp in Cortland, N.Y. next Thursday, and Revis is expected to be there.
Two years ago, Revis held out of training camp for 36 days before signing a four-year, $46 million contract. During spring practices, Revis was noncommittal about reporting to camp on time.
Arguably the league’s top cornerback, Revis is set to earn a base salary of $4.5 million for 2012 (plus a $3 million roster bonus) after making $32.5 million in the first two years of his deal. The four-time Pro Bowler has 18 career interceptions.
Philadelphia Eagles receiver DeSean Jackson is entering the final year of his rookie contract. He has never held out, despite being grossly underpaid. That may be changing.
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