The Seahawks released Defenisve End Cliff Avril due to a failed physical. Alongside Michael Bennett, Avril was a signature part of Seattle's defensive line, helping to lead the Seahawks to a 2013 Super Bowl win and the Super Bowl run in 2014.
Despite battling through injuries in 2017, Avril combined for 34.5 sacks in his five-year tenure with the Seahawks. Avril suffered a neck injury during week four of last year's game against the Indianapolis Colts. Eventually, he was placed on the injured reserve list.
Thank you 12s for making the last 5 years in Seattle so amazing! Your cheers on Sundays are unmatched, and you guys are by far the best fans in the NFL! Most importantly, I appreciate and value the lifelong friendships I’ve made. You all have supported my family, my foundation (the Cliff Avril Family Foundation), and I throughout my entire tenure, and I could not have asked for more! THANK YOU to the entire Seahawk organization as well as my teammates. You all made me a Pro Bowler and a Super Bowl Champ! I am forever grateful. THANK YOU! #HAITIANCREATION
According to Joel Corry from CBS Sports, the Seahawks will save six million dollars in cap-space. Avril joins Richard Sherman and Michael Bennett as another core piece of the winning Super Bowl XLVIII team to leave in 2018.
Seahawks pick up $7.125M of salary cap room by releasing Cliff Avril. If he can't play in 2018 because of his neck injury, he will qualify for the CBA's injury protection benefit so he'll get $1.15M. Seattle will have a $1.15M cap charge because of it if he qualifies.— Joel Corry (@corryjoel) May 4, 2018