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Drafted:Drafted by Detroit in 2008 (3/92).
Acquired:Acquired as a free agent in 2013.
|Assets:||An extremely active and versatile player that can also line up at linebacker. Has excellent raw speed, tenacity and pass-rushing skills. Also displays the mobility and awareness needed to adjust in coverage and pick up the run.|
|Flaws:||Overall technique isn't top-notch. Lacks the poise and execution to explode through the line and make plays into the backfield. Still inconsistent. Needs to prove he's not an underachiever.|
|Career Potential:||Slightly above-average defensive end / versatile defender.|
|3/13/2013||Signed as an unrestricted free agent by the Seattle Seahawks to a two-year contract.|
|8/05/2012||Re-signed by the Detroit Lions to a one-year contract.|
|3/05/2012||Designated franchise player by the Detroit Lions.|
|12/23/2011||Fined $15,000 by the NFL.|
|8/04/2011||Re-signed as a restricted free agent by the Detroit Lions to a one-year contract.|
|3/01/2011||Contract tendered by the Detroit Lions.|
|12/10/2010||Fined $15,000 by the NFL.|
|9/17/2010||Knee injury, out.|
|7/14/2008||Signed by the Detroit Lions to a three-year contract.|
|3/13/2013||Signed as an unrestricted free agent by the Seattle Seahawks.|
|4/27/2008||Drafted by the Detroit Lions in the 3rd round (92nd overall) in 2008.|
Cliff Avril dealing with plantar fascia | 05/20/2013 7:25 PM
NewsSeahawks DE Cliff Avril is sitting out OTAs with plantar fascia in his foot.
Tacoma News Tribune
ImpactAvril 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.
Cliff Avril gets 2-year, $13 million contract | 03/18/2013 12:57 PM
NewsUpdating a previous item, Cliff Avril's two-year deal with the Seahawks is worth just $13 million in base value.
ImpactThe 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.
Seahawks believe Avril fits at 'Leo' position | 03/16/2013 3:09 PM
NewsSeahawks GM John Schneider envisions Cliff Avril as capable of playing both "Leo" defensive end and 4-3 strong-side linebacker.
Liz Mathews on Twitter
ImpactThe "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 amassed 40 tackles, 11.5 sacks, and three forced fumbles.
Seahawks do deal with top pass rusher Avril | 03/13/2013 7:24 PM
NewsSeahawks agreed to terms with DE Cliff Avril on a multi-year contract.
Albert Breer on Twitter
ImpactThat 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.
Seahawks flying in free agent Avril for visit | 03/13/2013 7:17 PM
NewsESPN's Adam Schefter reports free agent DE Cliff Avril is currently on a flight to Seattle for a visit with the Seahawks.
Adam Schefter on Twitter
ImpactThe 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.
Report: 'Good chance' Colts sign Cliff Avril | 03/12/2013 10:44 AM
NewsThe Baltimore Sun's Aaron Wilson is hearing there's a "good chance" the Colts will sign free agent Cliff Avril.
Aaron Wilson on Twitter
ImpactWilson 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.
Bucs could be in on free agent Cliff Avril | 03/12/2013 9:45 AM
News"Several league sources" tell CBS Sports that Tampa Bay is a potential landing spot for free agent Cliff Avril.
ImpactThe Buccaneers desperately need edge-rushing help and Avril is the premier outside pass rusher on the market, ahead even of Paul Kruger. The Bucs do not anticipate re-signing free agent Michael Bennett. Like Bennett, Avril has been a defensive left end. Avril is a better athlete and offers more versatility, as well.
Browns expected to sign Kruger or Avril | 03/11/2013 8:59 AM
NewsA source tells SI's Peter King he expects the Browns to sign either Paul Kruger or Cliff Avril "by Tuesday night."
ImpactKing's "money" is on Avril, but it appears to be a true 50-50. Whomever the Browns miss out on could end up in Indianapolis. What's clear is that neither Avril nor Kruger will be returning to their old teams.
Report: At least 4 teams interested in Avril | 03/09/2013 10:56 AM
NewsAnwar Richardson of MLive.com reported Saturday that "at least four teams" have shown "interest" in Lions DE Cliff Avril thus far.
ImpactIt's not presently known whether or not the Lions are in the mix. With 39.5 sacks in five NFL seasons, Avril is one of top pass rushers in free agency. He's only played in a 4-3 scheme in his NFL career, but several 3-4 defensive teams, like Cleveland, were rumored to have interest in Avril prior to this weekend. Avril recently said he would not mind switching positions with another team. "I thought I was going to be a 3-4 coming out (of college)," said Avril, who turns 28 in April.
Cliff Avril 'not really talking' with Lions | 03/08/2013 1:12 PM
NewsFree agent DE Cliff Avril says he's "not really talking" with the Lions.
Impact"Maybe they will make a strong push, or we'll make a push with them," Avril said. "I don't know if that's their way of doing things, but we haven't been talking." Avril also reiterated he'd be willing to play outside linebacker in a 3-4 defense. In his prime and keeping his options open, Avril is going to earn a major payday.
Report: 'Multiple' 3-4 teams eyeing Avril | 03/06/2013 7:57 PM
NewsA source with knowledge of the situation tells Profootballtalk "multiple" teams that run 3-4 defenses are interested in free agent DE Cliff Avril.
Profootballtalk on NBCSports.com
ImpactWe already know one, as the Cleveland Plain Dealer reported Wednesday the Browns are interested in the soon-to-be former Detroit Lion. PFT's source doesn't name names, but with their ample cap space and need for pass rushers, the Colts are another good bet. Touted as scheme versatile by Lions GM Martin Mayhew, Avril likely wouldn't have much trouble converting to outside linebacker, which he played in college.
Avril says 'minimal talk' with Lions so far | 03/05/2013 10:06 AM
NewsFree agent DE Cliff Avril says there's been only minimal contact between his agent and the Lions so far.
Detroit Free Press
ImpactAs expected, the Lions declined to slap Avril with the franchise tag for the second straight year as it would have cost them $12.7 million. With the start of free agency just one week away, he now appears destined for the open market and a new home. Avril is going to break the bank as a 27-year-old versatile pass rusher that has racked up 29.5 sacks over the last three seasons. He's among the top-four players available.
Lions meeting with Avril's rep at Combine | 02/22/2013 10:29 AM
NewsThe Lions will meet with free agent DE Cliff Avril's rep at the Combine.
Chris McCosky on Twitter
ImpactIt's the sides' first known meeting. There's mutual interest in a new deal, but GM Martin Mayhew has hinted Avril's price will lead him to the open market. Avril recently admitted he'd "love" to get Mario Williams money, and that dollars will be the deciding factor in any new deal. He's likely played his final down for Detroit.
Avril setting sights on Mario Williams money | 02/16/2013 3:18 PM
NewsFree agent DE Cliff Avril "would love" to get Mario Williams money.
ImpactWilliams signed a six-year, $100 million deal with the Bills last offseason that included $50 million guaranteed. "I would love to get Mario's deal. Who wouldn't? Those are some great numbers. My thing is I want to keep getting better... The sky is the limit as far as that. Those are some great numbers, hopefully we can get somewhere near there," Avril said. Avril, 27 in April, turned down a three-year, $30 million offer from the Lions last year and went on to notch 9.5 sacks in 2012. He's arguably the top free agent on the market.
Cliff Avril: '50-50' I'm back with Lions | 02/13/2013 6:40 PM
NewsFree agent DE Cliff Avril puts his chances of re-signing with the Lions at "50-50," and admits money will be the deciding factor in where he ends up.
Chris McCosky on Twitter
ImpactAppearing on Pro Football Talk on NBC Sports Network, Avril said he was "leaning against" giving the Lions a hometown discount. Avril's admission that money will guide his decision is sure to rankle Lions fans, but is the truth for 99 percent of free agents. Committed to overhauling the Lions' roster, GM Martin Mayhew has hinted he's ready to let Avril walk.
Mayhew: Cliff Avril is scheme versatile | 02/08/2013 6:13 PM
NewsLions GM Martin Mayhew agrees that free agent Cliff Avril is capable of fitting any defensive scheme.
ImpactSome 4-3 defensive ends can't play in a 3-4. Some 3-4 linebackers can't play in a 4-3. But Avril is "scheme versatile," and that's going to pay dividends on the open market because everyone will want him. "He's a very good athlete," Mayhew said. "He could probably stand up, he could play right end, he could play left end. He could do a lot of different things, I think. He's a very talented guy, and I think he's got a lot of versatility."
Free agent Avril: I can play in both 3-4, 4-3 | 01/20/2013 8:14 PM
NewsFree agent DE Cliff Avril insists he is a scheme-versatile defender capable of playing in both 4-3 and 3-4 alignments.
ImpactAvril has been a 4-3 left end in Detroit, but he was a linebacker at Purdue and likely could excel in either system. If so, it'd be a major boon to his free-agent stock. "Honestly, I can play in both systems," Avril said. "Rushing is rushing. Either you're standing up or you're in a three-point (stance). Rushing the quarterback is the same thing to me." Avril hopes to land with a team that plays on gross. Turning 27 in April, he will be the most coveted pass rusher in 2013 free agency.
Cliff Avril likely to hit the market | 01/15/2013 10:08 AM
NewsLions GM Martin Mayhew hinted that he'll let impending free agent DE Cliff Avril test the open market.
Detroit Free Press
ImpactAvril "bet on himself" last summer, choosing to turn down a three-year, $30 million offer from the Lions. Now he'll get a chance to see if he can get more on the open market. "We'll find out kind of where he is," Mayhew said. Avril didn't exactly blow the doors off the league with just 9.5 sacks this year, but he still projects as the best defensive end available in free agency this spring.
Lions don't plan to use the franchise tag | 01/04/2013 11:00 AM
NewsLions GM Martin Mayhew doesn't envision using the franchise tag in 2013.
ImpactSlapping free agent LE Cliff Avril with the tag for a second straight season would require a 20 percent raise to $12.7 million. The Lions don't have the cap space to accommodate that raise. FS Louis Delmas and CB Chris Houston will not be candidates for the tag.
|Tackles||4||at Phi||Week 6||7|
|Assists||2||at Ten||Week 3||2|
|Sacks||2||2 times-last:vs. Hou||last:Week 12||2|
|Sacks Yards||19||vs. Hou||Week 12||22|
|Fumble Recoveries||0||16 times-last:vs. Chi||last:Week 17||1|
|Defensive TD||0||16 times-last:vs. Chi||last:Week 17||0|
|Interceptions||0||16 times-last:vs. Chi||last:Week 17||1|
|Interceptions Yards||0||16 times-last:vs. Chi||last:Week 17||4|
|Interceptions TD||0||16 times-last:vs. Chi||last:Week 17||1|
|Fumble Recoveries||3||2011 (Det)|
|FR TD||1||2011 (Det)|
|Interceptions Yards||4||2011 (Det)|
|Interceptions TD||1||2011 (Det)|
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