ESPN The Seattle Seahawks have reached agreement on a two-year, $15 million deal with former Detroit Lions defensive end Cliff Avril, a league source told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter. Avril received the Lions’ franchise tender last offseason and didn’t sign his one-year, $10.6 million contract until a week after training camp began. Avril, who will turn 27 on April 8, finished last season with 9.5 sacks, 35 tackles and two forced fumbles. The defensive end has 39.5 career sacks and 16 forced fumbles since 2008, when Detroit drafted him out of Purdue in the third round.
This was a huge get for the Seattle Seahawks, their best pass rusher Chris Clemons tore his ACL in a playoff win over the Washington Redskins, and they needed to improve their pass rush across from 2012 rookie Bruce Irvin. Paired with Irvin, Cliff Avril will immediately boost the Seattle pass rush, and he fits their philosophy of defensive players. Big, fast, hard hitting. Excellent fit in Seattle, who now will not be forced to focus on upgrading their defensive ends in the NFL Draft, which would be difficult to do. They traded their first round pick for wide receiver and return man Percy Harvin, so they needed to upgrade their pass rush in free agency. Well done.