Seattle Seahawks Acquire Explosive Defensive End Cliff Avril

By Jon Dodson
Cliff Avril
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According to ESPN’s NFL insider Adam Schefter, the Seattle Seahawks and defensive end Cliff Avril have come to an agreement worth $15 million over the next two years.

This could be the help that the Seahawks need on their defensive line. Avril was drafted by the Detroit Lions 92nd overall in 2008. Since being drafted, he has never had less than five sacks in a season. In 2011, he managed to rack up 11 sacks, six forced fumbles, an interception and even a defensive touchdown. His showing during the 2012 season wasn’t bad either as he put up 9.5 sacks and two forced fumbles.

So far ,Avril has been able to stay healthy. He has played in most of the Lions games from 2008 to 2012. In the last two seasons, he played in all 16 games. He is also only 26 years old, so he is a perfect fit for the young core of players that the Seahawks management is putting together.

Avril is a 6’3″ 253lb defensive end who ran a 4.51 40-yard dash at the 2008 NFL Combine. He is explosive off of the line and can power around the outside of the blocker. This is one reason as to why he forced so many fumbles in 2011. He can beat the blocker on the outside and hit the quarterbacks’ blind side. If he can get there at the right time, he can hit the quarterback as he is throwing, forcing him to fumble the ball. He did this to Tim Tebow and the Denver Broncos, forcing Tebow to fumble and then returning it for a touchdown.

When Chris Clemons injured his knee in the playoff game against the Washington Redskins, it made the Seahawks realize that they needed to be deeper at that position. Avril is the perfect player to fill that need. Pete Carroll and the Seahawks continue to build a team that will make a strong push for not only Super Bowl XLVIII, but possibly for many Super Bowls to come.


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