The Seahawks struggled to bring opposing quarterbacks to the ground last season, finishing 18th with 36 sacks. Worse, 11.5 of those sacks belonged to Chris Clemons, who tore his ACL in the playoffs, and likely won’t be fully healthy next fall.
They need help, and they need pressure to support one of the league’s elite secondaries. And now they’ve found it.
In a move that was widely speculated, the Seahawks have signed now former Lion Cliff Avril, according to NFL Network’s Albert Breer. The terms haven’t surfaced yet, but we’ll update this post once the Internet graciously provides that information.
Avril was the most coveted defensive end due to his youth (he turns 26 next month), and his sheer speed and skill. He had 9.5 sacks in 2012, and he’s registered a total of 40 over five seasons.