• by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com

    Family issue has Seahawks DE Cliff Avril sidelined

    A family issue will prevent Seahawks defensive end Cliff Avril from attending the OTA sessions this week, per 710 ESPN. Avril tied a career-low with five sacks in 2014, but still landed a hefty guaranteed contract in the offseason.

  • by Brandon Wise | Staff Writer

    Seahawks defensive end Cliff Avril gets contract guaranteed

    Seahawks defensive end Cliff Avril's contract for 2015, with a base salary of $7.5 million, became fully guaranteed Saturday, according to CBSSports.com's Joel Corry. Avril signed a four-year extension with Seattle in December and will earn $7 million in 2018 with a signing bonus of $500,000 and a roster bonus of $500,000 if he is still on the team. Avril has spent the last two seasons with the Seahawks, totaling 43 tackles and 13 sacks in 31 games.

  • by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com

    Seahawks' Cliff Avril ruled out with concussion

    Seahawks defensive end Cliff Avril has been ruled out due to a concussion. Avril injured himself in the third quarter, and was initially ruled as questionable to return. He was taken back to the locker room for further evaluation, and it was determined he was dealing with a concussion. He will not return to the contest.

  • by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com

    Seahawks' Cliff Avril being evaluated for a concussion

    Seahawks defensive end Cliff Avril is being evaluated for a concussion, according to the Denver Post. Avril appeared to injure himself on the Seahawks second interception of the contest. He was tended to by trainers on the field. Avril was escorted to the locker room in order to be evaluated for a concussion. He's considered questionable to return.

  • by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com

    Seahawks lock up DE Cliff Avril to four-year, $28.5M extension

    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.

  • by Michael Hurcomb | Fantasy Writer

    Pete Carroll confident Seahawks will improve pass rush

    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."

  • by Larry Hartstein | Senior Analyst

    Cliff Avril leads ferocious pass rush

    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.

  • by Larry Hartstein | Senior Analyst

    Cliff Avril wants to stay in Seattle long-term

    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.

  • by Larry Hartstein | Senior Analyst

    Seahawks' investment in defensive line paying off

    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.

  • by Larry Hartstein | Senior Analyst

    Cliff Avril extends sack streak, forces fourth fumble

    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.