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Cliff Avril | Defensive Lineman

Team: Seattle Seahawks
Age / DOB:  (28) / 4/8/1986
Ht / Wt:  6'3' / 260
College: Purdue
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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. Jan 27 - 9:29 AM

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Seahawks RE Cliff Avril (hamstring) is active for Week 2 against the 49ers.

Avril has practiced the last two weeks after missing most of the preseason with a hamstring injury and will make his Seahawks debut on Sunday night, as expected. He'll immediately take over the starting right end and "Leo" pass rushing role. Chris Clemons (knee) still isn't ready to return and remains week to week.
Sun, Sep 15, 2013 08:00:00 PM

Seahawks RE Cliff Avril (hamstring) is expected to make his Seattle debut Sunday.

Avril missed most of the preseason and Week 1 with a serious pull. But he returned to practice last week and was almost ready to face the Panthers. Avril will slide right in at right end, boosting an already dominant and insanely deep front seven. He has 29 sacks over the last three seasons.
Wed, Sep 11, 2013 10:26:00 AM

Seahawks coach Pete Carroll believes RE Cliff Avril (hamstring) has a "great chance" to return in Week 2 against the 49ers.

Carroll makes a habit of being coach gumdrops, so take this with a grain of salt. Carroll originally called Avril a "game-day decision" for Week 1, but he didn't come close to playing. Avril has still barely practiced since signing with the Seahawks in March.
Mon, Sep 9, 2013 01:16:00 PM

Updating a previous item, Seahawks RE Cliff Avril (hamstring) is listed as doubtful for Week 1 at Carolina.

Coach Pete Carroll initially called Avril a "game-day decision," but the doubtful listing strongly indicates he will not play. The Seahawks figure to turn to a rotation at "Leo" pass rusher of O'Brien Schofield and UDFA Benson Mayowa. Their pass rush could certainly be diminished against Cam Newton.
Fri, Sep 6, 2013 04:31:00 PM

Seahawks RE Cliff Avril (hamstring) returned to practice Wednesday.

Avril has been limited all preseason by hamstring/foot injuries. His status for Week 1 remains up in the air. With Chris Clemons (knee) unavailable for Sunday's game, O'Brien Schofield will draw the start if Avril is ruled out.
Wed, Sep 4, 2013 03:43:00 PM

Seahawks coach Pete Carroll is unsure of RE Cliff Avril's (hamstring) Week 1 status.

"As of (Wednesday) morning he’s feeling better and we’re hoping he will be able to go next week," Carroll said. "But we won’t know until we get there, though." Carroll usually deals in unbounded optimism, so it's telling he's unwilling to guarantee Avril's health for the opener. Avril has had barely a healthy day since signing with Seattle in March.
Wed, Aug 28, 2013 04:08:00 PM

Seahawks RE Cliff Avril is out indefinitely with an aggravated hamstring injury.

Avril has seemingly been banged up ever since the Seahawks signed him, also missing almost all of spring practices with a plantar fascia tear. His status for Week 1 is unknown. Meanwhile, however, Seattle has gotten explosive edge rushing from UDFA Benson Mayowa, who looks like the real deal. The Seahawks are good and deep enough up front to withstand some missed time from Avril.
Mon, Aug 26, 2013 01:08:00 PM

Seahawks RE Cliff Avril (plantar fascia) returned to practice on the final day of minicamp and will be all systems go for training camp.

It appears he's fully recovered. A high-end DE2 per Rotoworld IDP maven Jeff Ratcliffe, Avril should have no trouble pacing Seattle in sacks. At the "Leo" position Avril will play, incumbent RE Chris Clemons tallied 11-plus sacks in three straight seasons. Avril is a more talented speed rusher than Clemons.
Tue, Jun 18, 2013 01:26:00 AM

Seahawks DE Cliff Avril is sitting out OTAs with plantar fascia in his foot.

Avril has been dealing with the issue for four weeks, but he's still a "couple weeks" away from taking part in on-field drills. Per coach Pete Carroll, Avril will "run some" this week. He'll then need time to rest the foot and "wait it out." Avril is expected to be the Hawks' starting "Leo" pass rusher in Week 1.
Mon, May 20, 2013 07:25:00 PM

Updating a previous item, Cliff Avril's two-year deal with the Seahawks is worth just $13 million in base value.

The defensive end-needy Lions surprisingly didn't exceed or match Seattle's offer after franchising Avril for over $10 million in 2012. A left defensive end in Detroit, Avril will play right end or "Leo" with the Seahawks. Seattle figures to open the season with a starting front four of Avril, Red Bryant, Brandon Mebane, and either Michael Bennett or Clinton McDonald at "three-technique" tackle.
Source: ESPN.com
Mon, Mar 18, 2013 12:57:00 PM

Seahawks GM John Schneider envisions Cliff Avril as capable of playing both "Leo" defensive end and 4-3 strong-side linebacker.

The "Leo" is Chris Clemons' position and typically aligns on the weak side of the formation, squaring off one-on-one with left tackles. K.J. Wright is Seattle's strong-side linebacker and isn't in danger of losing his job. Avril will likely be the Seahawks' Opening Day starter at Leo. Across 16 starts last season, Clemons (ACL surgery) amassed 40 tackles, 11.5 sacks, and three forced fumbles.
Sat, Mar 16, 2013 03:09:00 PM

Seahawks agreed to terms with DE Cliff Avril on a two-year, $15 million contract.

That escalated quickly. Avril's market had been dead quiet to this point, but the Seahawks came out of nowhere to snap him up. Avril turns 27 in April. He has 29 sacks and nine forced fumbles over the last three seasons. Although some have attributed Avril's success to drawing single teams next to Ndamukong Suh and Nick Fairley, Lions GM Martin Mayhew thought enough of Avril's edge-rush ability to pay him over $10 million in 2012 as Detroit's franchise player. In Seattle, Avril will add to the Seahawks' pass rush along with Bruce Irvin as Chris Clemons tries coming back from a torn ACL. Avril will be an immediate candidate for 9-12 sacks.
Wed, Mar 13, 2013 07:24:00 PM

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports free agent DE Cliff Avril is currently on a flight to Seattle for a visit with the Seahawks.

The Seahawks traded for Percy Harvin on Monday, but otherwise have been quiet in free agency. Avril could be the first domino to fall in a slow-developing defensive end market that also includes John Abraham, Osi Umenyiora, Dwight Freeney, and Michael Bennett. Seattle needs edge-rush help with Chris Clemons coming off a torn ACL. Avril is the premier pure edge rusher left in free agency.
Wed, Mar 13, 2013 07:17:00 PM

The Baltimore Sun's Aaron Wilson is hearing there's a "good chance" the Colts will sign free agent Cliff Avril.

Wilson acknowledges "nothing concrete yet." Our prediction on the top free-agent pass rushers at this point would be Paul Kruger to the Browns, Avril to the Colts, and Dwight Freeney to the Broncos, with Michael Bennett, Osi Umenyiora, and John Abraham still up in the air. Elvis Dumervil could soon join this market.
Tue, Mar 12, 2013 10:44:00 AM

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