Follow us:

Seahawks Blog

The latest news and analysis from all angles on the Seahawks.

March 14, 2013 at 2:39 PM

Seahawks announce the signing of Cliff Avril

Cliff Avirl

Cliff Avril

Defensive end Cliff Avril is the newest Seahawk, the free-agent defensive end from Detroit signing with the Seahawks on Wednesday.

“I’m happy with it,” Avril said in a conference call with reporters. “I’m happy to be here. The reasons why I chose this team because the defense all around is pretty good, the guys are young, they’re hungry.”

Avril is 26 and played the past five years for Detroit, which drafted him in the third round out of Purdue in 2008. He has totaled 29 sacks over the previous three seasons, logging more than eight in each of those years.

Avril was designated as the Lions’ franchise player last year, making $10.6 million on a one-year deal.

Just where Avril will fit remains up in the air.

“He’s got definite pass rush ability as a featured rusher,” coach Pete Carroll said. “He also has played linebacker in his past. He gives us a real flexibility.”

As for how it affects Chris Clemons? It doesn’t. Clemons is recovering from knee surgery to repair a torn anterior-cruciate ligament suffered in the first playoff game.

“We’re definitely not going to rush Chris in any way,” Carroll said. “It doesn’t affect him at all. Chris is a premier player for us and we expect him to be coming back. That’s a top priority for us. He feels he has a chance to make it back at the start of the year.”

Bruce Irvin remains a prominent edge rusher as well, and Avril is added to that mix rather than replacing someone.

“I don’t feel like you can ever have enough speed pass rushers for us,” Carroll said.

0 Comments

COMMENTS

No personal attacks or insults, no hate speech, no profanity. Please keep the conversation civil and help us moderate this thread by reporting any abuse. See our Commenting FAQ.



The opinions expressed in reader comments are those of the author only, and do not reflect the opinions of The Seattle Times.


Advertising
The Seattle Times

To keep reading, you need a subscription.

We hope you have enjoyed your complimentary access. Subscribe now for unlimited access!

Subscription options ►

Already a subscriber?

We've got good news for you. Unlimited seattletimes.com content access is included with most subscriptions.

Subscriber login ►
The Seattle Times

To keep reading, you need a subscription upgrade.

We hope you have enjoyed your complimentary access. For unlimited seattletimes.com access, please upgrade your digital subscription.

Call customer service at 1.800.542.0820 for assistance with your upgrade or questions about your subscriber status.

The Seattle Times

To keep reading, you need a subscription.

We hope you have enjoyed your complimentary access. Subscribe now for unlimited access!

Subscription options ►

Already a subscriber?

We've got good news for you. Unlimited seattletimes.com content access is included with most subscriptions.

Activate Subscriber Account ►