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The Seattle Seahawks have signed defensive end Cliff Avril to a four-year extension, the team announced on Friday.
"Cliff has been instrumental in what we’ve been building on the defensive side of the ball and we are excited that he’ll be with us for another four years," said executive vice president & GM John Schneider. "He has been relentless in his approach to the game and his passion for winning is contagious. This is another great day for the Seahawks and the 12s."
Avril signed with Seattle as an unrestricted free agent on March 13, 2013, after originally being drafted by the Detroit Lions in the third round (92nd overall) in the 2008 NFL Draft. He has started 76 of 102 games played and recorded 203 tackles (150 solo), 52.0 sacks, 22 forced fumbles, seven fumble recoveries, 17 passes defensed and one interception which he returned for a touchdown. In the postseason, he has started two of four games played with seven tackles (5 solo), 2.0 sacks, including 1.5 during Seattle’s 2013 Super Bowl run, three passes defensed and two forced fumbles.
In 2014, Avril has started all 14 games and recorded 20 tackles (15 solo), 4.5 sacks, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery, and leads the team in quarterback hits with 17.
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