Dec. 16, 2012; Glendale, AZ, USA: Detroit Lions defensive end Cliff Avril (92) against the Arizona Cardinals at University of Phoenix Stadium. The Cardinals defeated the Lions 38-10. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Breaking: Seattle Seahawks Add DE Cliff Avril

Reports coming in now that former Detroit Lion DE Cliff Avril has agreed to terms for a contract with the Seattle Seahawks.

Terms of the contract are not know yet, and likely wont be known until tomorrow. He’s actually got to get here and sign the contract and then it’ll be submitted to the league office first.

Avril was thought to be asking for about $8M/yr, which would actually be fair market value for a player of his quality. He was the best edge rusher available in free agency this year. Avril played last season as Detroit’s “franchise player.”

Avril is a great pass rusher, but offers little against the run. (thought he’s better than Bruce Irvin that regard.) Great speed, and technique. He rushed from both sides in Detroit and did so successfully.

I have to wonder what this means for Chris Clemons. Avril will almost certainly take over as the Leo, and Clemons has an $8.16M cap number of 2013. Clemons is recovering from ACL reconstruction, and is unlikely to play in the first half of 2013.

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  • Hawk_Eye

    I would think that Chris Clemons will be released. Can’t afford both.

    • Hawkman54

      I seriously doubt they will cut Clemons- he probably won’t be ready until game 4 anyway.

  • Mykal Brancher

    Grab another DL’men and LB and my Seahawks are set…the draft will be just compitition fodder. I see Flynn being traded to somewhere now

    • 12thMan_Rising

      I would help. getting his contract off the books would give the team the space needed to keep Clem I think. Problem is that it must be a trade, not a release, and then you have to find a trade partner.

  • tyler

    you’re wrong, he’ll be here for 2013

  • All Coug’d Up

    Another interesting move from Seattle. The possibility of Clem leaving is now there, although I still think they want to keep him if they can. On the PUP he won’t count against their 53 and the situational possibilities would be endless with Avril, Clem, Irvin and Bryant. Maybe not the best financial move but if Flynn can be dropped off somewhere for a mid round pick in this weak Qb year… Not so quiet in FA period after all lol. Why did we expect anything else?

  • Hawkman54

    They still really need a DT that can give them pressure up the gut. Not to worry about OLB , there will either be one from the draft or get one later in FA.