Report: Cliff Avril and Seahawks agree to terms
The Seahawks and defensive end Cliff Avril have agreed to terms on a deal.
Yes, wow. Word leaked out that Avril was on his way to visit Seattle and a few minutes later, Albert Breer of the NFL Network dropped a bombshell by reporting that Avril was actually signing.
But then they decided to ramp things up, landing Avril, who's a perfect fit for what the Seahawks do on defense, especially with defensive end Chris Clemons suffering a torn ACL against the Redskins in the playoffs.
Avril, who is just 26, has 29 sacks over his last three seasons along with nine forced fumbles and a pick (for a touchdown!). He's a athletic young defensive end who should produce immediately for the Seahawks.
He also shores up their biggest weakness (and one no one was discussing, really): the defensive line. With the Clemons injury and Jason Jones departing for Detroit, Seattle was staring at a scenario where their defensive-line depth chart was severely weakened.
Oh, and this is what I imagine Pete Carroll saying to Jim Harbaugh the next time they meet:
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