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56 Cliff Avril DE
Height/Weight: 6-3/260 | Birthdate: 4/8/1986 | Birthplace: Jacksonville, FL, USA | Team: Seattle | College: Purdue | NFL Experience: 7 | Owned/Started%: 24/13 | Average Draft Position: 201.33
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Seahawks lock up DE Cliff Avril to four-year, $28.5M extension


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(12/19/2014) The Seahawks have signed defensive end Cliff Avril to a four-year contract extension worth $28.5 million with $16 million guaranteed, CBS Sports NFL Insider Jason La Canfora reports.

Avril was set to become a free agent at the end of the season before signing an extension. Since joining the Seahawks in 2013, the 28-year-old pass-rusher totaled 40 tackles, 12 1/2 sacks and six forced fumbles over 29 games.


Pete Carroll confident Seahawks will improve pass rush


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(10/23/2014) The Seahawks have totaled just seven sacks through their first six games. Though, coach Pete Carroll remains confident in the defense, especially pass rushers Cliff Avril and Michael Bennett, who have combined for no sacks in the last four games.

"These guys have rushed really hard and been very aggressive," Carroll said of his starting defensive ends, per ESPN. "I’ve looked at every one of their rushes and situations and I think we’re going to count on those guys to continue to do what they’re doing and try to help around them."

Carroll said the team will try to make changes to improve the pass rush.

"We’ve got to get Mike active inside and get him to be the disruptor that he can be," Carroll said, hinting they might use Bennett on more snaps as a defensive tackle. "We need to help him with some stuff there, some stuff scheme-wise we’ll tweak here and there. Those guys are bringing it. In my mind it’s going to happen and we’ll just keep working until it does because we know it’s there."


Cliff Avril leads ferocious pass rush


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(2/3/2014) Without blitzing, the Seahawks made Peyton Manning uncomfortable in the pocket. Defensive end Cliff Avril led the way with five quarterback hurries and two hits on his 32 pass rushing snaps, according to Pro Football Focus.

End Chris Clemons had three hurries, a sack and a hit, and lineman Michael Bennett added four hurries.


Cliff Avril wants to stay in Seattle long-term


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(1/27/2014) Seahawks defensive end Cliff Avril, who's in the first year of a two-year, $13 million deal, said he'd love to stay in Seattle long-term. “I definitely don’t want to go into free agency again," he told ProFootballTalk.com.

"But,you know, we’ll see how it goes, how it works out, but I would definitely love to be out here, you know it’s a great place to be, stadium is amazing, team is good, I would love to be out here.”

Avril had eight sacks and five forced fumbles in 15 games this season.


Seahawks' investment in defensive line paying off


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(1/14/2014) The Seahawks spent a whopping 27 percent of their salary cap on defensive linemen, including signing ends Cliff Avril and Michael Bennett, and the investment paid off, reports ESPN.com. Seattle led the NFL by pressuring opposing quarterbacks on 33 percent of their dropbacks.

Avril had eight sacks and five forced fumbles in the regular season, adding a half-sack, a pass breakup and drawing a key holding penalty in the win over New Orleans. Bennett had 8.5 sacks in the regular season. He had two forced fumbles, a half-sack and six tackles in the playoff win.


Cliff Avril extends sack streak, forces fourth fumble


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(12/3/2013) Seahawks defensive end Cliff Avril registered a sack for the third straight game Week 13, giving him 7 1/2 this season. Avril hit the arm of Saints quarterback Drew Brees as he threw, causing a fumble Michael Bennett caught and returned 22 yards for a touchdown.

Avril has four forced fumbles entering Week 14 at San Francisco.


Seahawks DST sends a message


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(12/3/2013) The Seahawks shut down one of the league's most prolific offenses in Week 13, embarrassing the Saints 34-7. The 7 points were the fewest scored by New Orleans since Sean Payton became coach in 2006.

Seattle limited New Orleans to 188 total yards and 2.6 yards per carry. Quarterback Drew Brees threw for 147 yards, ending his streak of 43 games with 200-plus passing yards.

The Seahawks DST scored in the first quarter when end Cliff Avril hit Brees' arm as he threw and end Michael Bennett caught the fumble and rumbled 22 yards for a touchdown. Avril was credited with the sack, giving him 7 1/2.

The Seahawks DST enters Week 14 at San Francisco with a ton of momentum.


Cliff Avril picks up another sack in Week 11 win


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(11/17/2013) Seahawks defensive end Cliff Avril picked up his 6-plus sack of the season during Sunday’s contest against the Vikings.

Avril recorded a strip-sack in the opening quarter. He finished the game with two total tackles (one solo), including one sack and one pass defended in a 41-20 victory.

Cliff Avril, Michael Bennett deliver more sacks


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(11/10/2013) Seahawks defensive lineman Cliff Avril, who contributed half a sack Week 9 against the Buccaneers, and defensive lineman Michael Bennett, who contributed a whole sack, both continued with the sacks Week 10 at Atlanta. Avril had one on two solo tackles, and Bennett had one on one solo tackle.

Avril is up to 5 1/2 sacks this season, just four away from last year's total. Bennett is up to 6 1/2, just 2 1/2 away from last year's total.


Seahawks D-linemen hunt down the QB


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(10/18/2013) The Seahawks' depth along the defensive line allowed them to keep the pressure on throughout Week 7 against the Cardinals Thursday. All told, the Seahawks brought down Carson Palmer seven times, with eight players combining for sacks.

A pair of linebackers, Malcolm Smith and K.J. Wright combined for 1 1/2 sacks, while the rest came from the line. Tony McDaniel, Clinton McDonald, Michael Bennett, Chris Clemons and Cliff Avril each picked up a full sack, while Red Bryant combined for a half sack with Wright. 


Cliff Avril ready for season debut


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(9/15/2013) Seahawks defensive end Cliff Avril, who was held out in Week 1 because of a hamstring injury, was ruled active for Week 2 at home against the 49ers. Avril was limited in practice all week leading up to Sunday night. 

Cliff Avril expected to make first appearance


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(9/13/2013) Seahawks defensive lineman Cliff Avril is probable for Week 2 against the 49ers, after getting through the week in practice without a setback in his hamstring injury. Avril was inactive for Week 1, but looks likely to make his season debut Sunday.

Cliff Avril puts in limited practice


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(9/11/2013) Seahawks defensive end Cliff Avril, who missed the opener with a hamstring injury, practiced on a limited basis Wednesday. It's a good sign for his chances of playing Sunday against San Francisco.

Pete Carroll updates status of injured defensive ends


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(9/9/2013) Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said Monday defensive end Cliff Avril, who sat out Week 1 with a hamstring injury, has "a great chance to come back" Week 2 against San Francisco. Carroll added, however, fellow defensive end Chris Clemons (knee) remains in wait-and-see mode.

Report: Cliff Avril out against Panthers


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(9/8/2013) Seahawks defensive lineman Cliff Avril will not play Sunday against the Panthers, according to ProFootballTalk.com.

Avril has been a consistent presence on the line the past couple seasons, picking up at least 8 1/2 sacks in each of the last three years. 


Seahawks defense has a couple of injury concerns


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(9/6/2013) The Seahawks enter Week 1 against the Panthers with two players whose status for Sunday's game is in doubt due to injuries. Defensive end Cliff Avril is listed as doubtful for the game on the team's official injury report, despite practice in full Thursday and Friday, while defensive back Brandon Browner is questionable with a hamstring issue after sitting out Thursday and Friday. 

Cliff Avril practices a little Wednesday


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(9/4/2013) Seahawks defensive lineman Cliff Avril was a limited participant in practice Wednesday, as he continues to deal with a hamstring injury. Avril has been dealing with the injury since the preseason, and his status for Week 1 against the Panthers is not yet known. 

Coach optimistic Cliff Avril will be ready for opener


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(8/28/2013) Seahawks coach Pete Carroll started to change his tune about defensive end Cliff Avril, who is nursing a hamstring injury. After saying earlier in the week he might not be ready for the season opener against the Panthers, Carroll said Wednesday he's optimistic about Avril being ready to play Week 1.

"As of this morning, he’s feeling better and we’re hoping he will be able to go next week, but we won’t know until we get there, though,” Carroll said, per The Seattle Times.


Cliff Avril might not be ready for opener


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(8/26/2013) Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said Monday defensive end Cliff Avril, who aggravated a hamstring last week, will not play in Thursday's preseason finale against the Raiders and might not be ready for the season opener (Sept. 8) at Carolina.

Cliff Avril and Bruce Irvin unlikely to play


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(8/23/2013) Seahawks coach Pete Carroll told the NFL Network that defensive lineman Cliff Avril (hamstring) and linebacker Bruce Irvin (groin) are unlikely to play Friday's preseason game at Green Bay, though both will work out during pregame.

Cliff Avril and Tony McDaniel not active


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(8/18/2013) Cliff Avril (hamstring) and Tony McDaniel (groin) were both held out of Seattle's preseason game against the Broncos Saturday night.

Avril, who returned to practice earlier in the week, was likely held out as a precaution. McDaniel's injury could be hurting his chance at a starting job.

The Seahawks will play the Packers at Lambeau Field on Friday.

Cliff Avril returns to practice


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(8/14/2013) Seahawks defensive lineman Cliff Avril was back in practice Wednesday, his first appearance since suffering a hamstring injury in the first week. Avril was limited to individual, but not team drills, and it does not seem like he will play in the team's preseason game Saturday.

"Let’s wait until after tomorrow and see what happens, see how he goes. That’s not very likely," head coach Pete Carroll told the Everett Herald after practice. 


Cliff Avril should be ready for camp


by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer
(6/18/2013) Seahawks defensive end Cliff Avril participated in the team's final minicamp practice last week and should be ready for the start of training camp in late July, per the Seattle Times. Avril was suffering from plantar fascia. 

Avril making progress


by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer
(6/12/2013) Seahawks defensive end Cliff Avril only did individual drills in minicamp as he makes his way back from a foot injury. The work was enough to make him feel involved. "It feels great to be back," Avril told the Tacoma News Tribune. "It’s lonely out there on the sidelines as a player. So to get back out here and move around and build that camaraderie on the defensive line, it felt great."

Avril has plantar fascia


by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer
(5/21/2013) New Seahawks defensive end Cliff Avril hurt his foot four weeks ago according to coach Pete Carroll and is sidelined in OTAs because of a plantar fascia issue. "It hurts," said Carroll per the Tacoma News Tribune. "You could ask him about it. The plantar fascia thing is a real uncomfortable thing. You just have to wait it out. It’s something that you can come back from. It’s not a problem. But you just have to wait it out. He’s real anxious to go, and he’s doing very well in his rehab. And he runs some this week for the first time. So it will take another couple weeks at least."