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Byline: Nicholas J. Cotsonika
Jul. 11--The Lions and their franchise player, defensive lineman Cory Redding, are working toward a long-term contract in advance of Monday's deadline.
"We've been in constant communication," said Redding's agent, Kennard McGuire. "I think the mere fact that we're dialoguing speaks for itself."
The sides must reach a deal by 4 p.m. Monday or, under NFL rules, Redding cannot sign a long-term deal until after the season. He could play this year only by signing the franchise tender -- a one-year contract for $6.775 million, the average salary of the five highest-paid defensive tackles in the league last season. The Lions …