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Cliff Avril | Defensive Lineman | #56

Team: Seattle Seahawks
Age / DOB:  (32) / 4/8/1986
Ht / Wt:  6'3' / 260
College: Purdue
Drafted: 2008 / Rd. 3 (92) / DET
Contract: view contract details

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The Seahawks are likely to move on from contract-year DE Cliff Avril.
Avril missed the final 12 games of last season due to November neck surgery. He expects to get cleared for 2018, but there's a good chance he won't be back with the Seahawks. Avril's release would save $7 million in cap space and leave just $500,000 in dead money. Seattle has Frank Clark as an in-house replacement for Avril. Feb 3 - 3:06 PM
Source: ESPN

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Seahawks DE Cliff Avril said he "definitely" thinks he will be able to play again but is "okay" if it does not happen.

After the season, coach Pete Carroll said Avril will "have a hard time" getting cleared to play again, but the player is cautiously optimistic. Still, playing football again is not his top priority. "I just want to get back to being able to move around and hopefully be able to get outside and play basketball with my kids," Avril said. "I definitely think I can get back on the field. If it’s possible, I will. But if not, I’m OK with that." Avril will turn 32 in April.
Jan 18 - 9:08 AM

Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said DE Cliff Avril (neck) will "have a hard time playing football again."

Carroll said the same about SS Kam Chancellor. The comments do not paint a rosy picture for Avril, but the coach said the decision is ultimately up to the player. Avril will turn 32 in April.
Jan 2 - 12:51 PM

Seahawks DE Cliff Avril underwent neck surgery on Tuesday.

The surgery went well, according to coach Pete Carroll. There's no timetable for Avril's recovery, though the Seahawks have already ruled him out for the year. Some have suggested the surgery could be a career-ender, though Avril hasn't considered retirement yet. The 31-year-old has one year remaining on his current deal.
Wed, Nov 29, 2017 04:27:00 PM

Seahawks DE Cliff Avril (neck, injured reserve) says he's not considering retirement.

Avril said he's getting "numerous" opinions, but that he plans to return for an 11th NFL season in 2018. Coach Pete Carroll is one of the sources who has suggested Avril has played his final down of football. It's always a possibility with neck issues. Due $7.5 million between salary and bonuses next season, Avril turns 32 in April.
Thu, Oct 19, 2017 06:42:00 PM

Seahawks placed DE Cliff Avril (neck) on injured reserve.

Avril is meeting with specialists, but he's likely done for the year. He's reportedly considering retirement. Frank Clark will continue to get the majority of Avril's snaps.
Wed, Oct 18, 2017 05:03:00 PM

Seahawks coach Pete Carroll suggested DE Cliff Avril's neck injury could be career ending.

Avril has already been ruled out for Sunday and is week to week. He's at least going to be sidelined through Seattle's bye and isn't a lock to return this season. Frank Clark will pick up the majority of Avril's snaps.
Wed, Oct 4, 2017 05:44:00 PM

Seahawks DE Cliff Avril is dealing with a "serious stinger" that will "take a while to figure out."

A stinger is a nerve issue in the neck, and Avril is experiencing numbness down his arm. In his absence, the Seahawks will turn to Frank Clark and Eagles castoff Marcus Smith. Avril should be considered week to week.
Mon, Oct 2, 2017 06:24:00 PM

The Seahawks are reportedly "concerned" about DE Cliff Avril (neck).

They signed DL Quinton Jefferson off the Rams' practice squad as insurance. Avril has at least eight sacks in six of the last seven seasons and is Seattle's second-best pass rusher behind Michael Bennett. His timetable is uncertain.
Mon, Oct 2, 2017 04:19:00 PM

Seahawks DE Cliff Avril suffered a neck injury in Week 4 against the Colts.

Avril was ruled out in the second quarter. Frank Clark will pick up more snaps in his absence.
Sun, Oct 1, 2017 09:28:00 PM

Seahawks DE Cliff Avril underwent a second surgery last week.

Much like his first surgery, Avril broke the news himself with an Instagram picture showing a hospital wrist tag. It is unclear if the second surgery is related to the groin operation he underwent in February or if he has suffered a setback. In the post, Avril writes he will be "back to the grind in a week." His availability for OTAs is completely up in the air.
Tue, Apr 4, 2017 11:45:00 AM

Seahawks DE Cliff Avril underwent groin surgery on Tuesday.

Avril broke the news himself on Twitter. The operation was performed by Dr. William C. Meyers, who specializes in sports hernia injuries. The surgery could knock Avril out of OTAs, but he should be good to go well before training camp. Avril recorded 11.5 sacks and earned his first Pro Bowl nod in 2016.
Tue, Feb 14, 2017 11:42:00 AM

Seahawks RE Cliff Avril has been declared out of the Super Bowl with a concussion.

Avril suffered the brain injury in the third quarter. Although he started every Seahawks game this season, Avril is essentially a situational pass rusher. He finished the regular season with five sacks and 23 tackles.
Sun, Feb 1, 2015 09:19:00 PM

Seahawks signed DE Cliff Avril to a four-year, $28.5 million contract extension through 2018.

The deal includes $16 million guaranteed. After Avril accepted a discount from the Seahawks prior to the 2013 season on a two-year contract, it appears the 28-year-old pass rusher is taking another one to stay in Seattle. Avril has graded out as a top-seven pass-rushing 4-3 end at Pro Football Focus in 2014, as he currently sits fourth at the position with 38 quarterback hurries. He has 12.5 sacks across 29 regular-season games for the Seahawks. Seattle continues to lock up its talent.
Fri, Dec 19, 2014 12:09:00 PM

DE Cliff Avril is hoping for a long-term extension from the Seahawks.

Avril notoriously turned down a three-year, $30 million offer from the Lions in the summer of 2012 because he thought he could get more in 2013 free agency. It didn't happen, as he settled for a two-year, $13 million deal with Seattle. Avril understandably doesn't want to go back into free agency in 2015, but he should find a warmer market if he keeps up his current level of play. He had eight sacks, five forced fumbles and an impressive 33 quarterback hurries despite playing roughly half the snaps this season.
Mon, Jan 27, 2014 09:29:00 AM

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SS1Kam Chancellor
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