The arms race in the NFC West is showing little signs of slowing down as the Seattle Seahawks have agreed to terms on a contract with defensive end Cliff Avril, reports Albert Breer of the NFL Network. Per ESPN's Adam Schefter, the deal is for two years and $15 million.
Financial terms were not yet known.
Avril, a 2008 third-round pick out of Purdue by the Detroit Lions, has 39.5 sacks and 16 forced fumbles in 73 games over the last five seasons. Avril has 20.5 sacks while unsuccessfully pursuing a long-term contract offer from the Lions, who designated the pass-rusher as their franchise player in 2012.
The Seahawks' defense posted 36 sacks in 2012, a statistic that put them in the middle of the pack, exactly 16 sacks from both the top of the league (52, Denver Broncos and St. Louis Rams) and 16 sacks from the bottom of the league (20, Jacksonville Jaguars). The Seahawks were looking for additional pass rush help as veteran defensive end Chris Clemons, who has led the team in sacks in each of the last three seasons, is recovering from a torn ACL he suffered during a wild-card playoff win over the Washington Redskins in January.
Signing Avril allows the Seahawks to take a cautious approach with Clemons' recovery, which may include having him play a situational role in 2013. The Seahawks used their first-round pick in the 2012 NFL Draft on Bruce Irvin, a raw prospect who had eight sacks in a limited action during his rookie season.
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