Detroit Lions vs. Cliff Avril, Part II.

Members of the Lions' front office are ready for a second free agency contract tussle with Avril, and plan to sit down with Brian Mackler, the defensive end's agent, today at the NFL Scouting Combine.

"We'll be talking with Cliff's agent today at some point," Lions general manager Martin Mayhew said. "I plan to hook up with him at some point today and keep that dialogue going. We spend a lot of time talking to the agents for our players. We've had a lot of those meetings, and we have some more to come. It's been a good week as far as moving forward on those things."

Members of Lions management met with quarterback Matthew Stafford's agent on Thursday, and Avril is likely one of nine current players Mayhew said he wanted to retain this offseason. Mayhew declined to divulge who those nine players were this morning during an interview at the combine.

Avril reportedly turned down a three-year deal worth $30 million ($20 million guaranteed) last season, and eventually signed a one-year franchise tender worth $10.6 million. He sought a long-term deal, and refused to sign the tender for several months, before eventually taking the deal.