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Cliff Avril | Defensive Lineman | #56

Team: Unsigned Free Agent
Age / DOB:  (32) / 4/8/1986
Ht / Wt:  6'3' / 260
College: Purdue
Drafted: 2008 / Rd. 3 (92) / DET
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Free agent DE Cliff Avril said "a few" teams have reached out to him about his playing status.
The identity of those teams isn't known, and Avril, 32, has yet to officially announce his retirement. But it sounds like he's not able to gain clearance from a doctor regarding his neck issue, though Avril did leave the door open for that to happen. For now, Avril has taken a gig at a Seattle sports station. May 8 - 8:43 PM

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Ex-Seahawks DE Cliff Avril is becoming a morning radio host in Seattle.

Avril is joining 950 KJR and will be on the air from 10AM-1PM weekdays. It's unclear if this means Avril is formally retiring — there has been no official announcement — but coupled with his Friday release from the Seahawks, it's a good indication his playing days are over. Avril can't get cleared from his neck injury. He turned 32 last month.
May 7 - 2:15 PM

Seahawks released/failed physical DE Cliff Avril.

This was the expected outcome for Avril, who sat out the final 12 games of last season with what many considered to be a career-threatening neck injury. Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said the 32-year-old would face an uphill battle to continue his career while Avril himself admitted he'd be "okay" if he never played another NFL snap. If this is it for Avril, he'll finish his 10-year career with 299 tackles, 74 sacks and 29 forced fumbles over 140 games for the Seahawks and Lions. The Purdue alum won a Super Bowl with Seattle in 2013 and made his lone Pro Bowl appearance in 2016.
May 4 - 3:17 PM

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.
Source: ESPN
Feb 3 - 3:06 PM

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

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