The Detroit Lions have a lot of players set to hit free agency this offseason, and a few of them could command pretty nice contracts on the open market. The most notable free agent is defensive end Cliff Avril. He played on the franchise tag last year after turning down a deal from the Lions worth a reported $30 million over three years. Now, he will have a chance to potentially cash in on becoming a free agent.
While there are some doubts about Avril actually getting a big contract because of his play last season, the general consensus seems to be that he is among the top free agents this year. Just look at CBS Sports' free agent rankings. They have Avril ranked as the top available defensive player and the third-best free agent in all of the NFL (behind only Joe Flacco and Ryan Clady).
Avril isn't the only Lions player who made the top 100 on CBS Sports. Offensive tackle Gosder Cherilus is 28th in the rankings, and just behind him is cornerback Chris Houston at No. 34. Defensive end Lawrence Jackson also made the list down at No. 78.
Free agent rankings 2013: Cliff Avril third in NFL
Pride Of Detroit | Feb 18