Cliff Avril, Seahawks agree to 2-year, $15 million deal
The Seahawks and defensive end Cliff Avril have reportedly come to an agreement on a two- year contract.
Avril is coming off a season which he earned 9.5 sacks and has been among league’s best pass-rushers in the past three seasons. Avril was given the franchise tag by the Detroit Lions last year, but the team failed to follow-up with a long term contract.
He earned his franchise tag after a career-best 11 sacks in 2011, which he scored two defensive touchdowns.
Avril’s deal with the Seahawks is said to be for two years with a salary of $15 million, according to ESPN.
The signing will add to an already stout Seattle defense who ranked in the top ten against both the run and pass. Avril has stated publicly that he is open to being plugged in as either a defensive end or outside linebacker. Seattle runs the 4-3 defense, so it is likely Avril will stay in his normal position.
So far, Seattle is one of the teams making the biggest waves during this off season, acquiring speedster Percy Harvin from Minnesota in a trade and now Avril in just the second day of free agency.