Seahawks release Cliff Avril with failed physical designation

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The dismantling of a once-great Seahawks defense continued Friday.

The team announced that defensive end Cliff Avril had been released with a failed physical designation.

He suffered a neck injury early last year, and the team made it clear that if he came back to play, it wasn’t going to be with them.

Avril has said he wants to keep playing, though it’s unclear who will give him a chance with his age and the injury.

Avril joins Michael Bennett, Richard Sherman, and eventually Kam Chancellor on the outs this offseason.

He had 33.5 sacks over his four years with the Seahawks, and forced 13 fumbles.

73 responses to “Seahawks release Cliff Avril with failed physical designation

  1. Sad for Cliff but probably best for him to walk away. Excellent free agent signing a few years ago and helped us be a dominant defense for many years.

  2. If there ever was a player that you’d want to personally shake his hand and say thank you for giving everything you have, it would be Cliff Avril. Truly a professional and more importantly a great human being.

    Cliff, I doubt you’ll ever see this but if you do…Thank you. The 12’s appreciate you more than you’ll ever know.

  3. Sad, he was an integral piece to an awesome defense. I hope he can find happiness in his next adventure, whatever it may be. God Bless

  4. That defense was a huge reason many people thought they could be a dynasty. It is a shame to see them unraveling. Pete will have his work cut out this year just to make it to .500.

    I wish Cliff well.

  5. This man has done a tremendous amount for people who are truly in need. And he’s done it quietly and without fanfare. Cheers to a great career and thank you for giving back so much!

  6. People are underestimating the Seattle defense this season….PERFECT!

  7. Between his time in Detroit and Seattle, Avril put together a nice career.

    As someone who has worked with Avril through his foundation in his hometown of Jacksonville, I can tell you that he is a genuinely nice guy. And someone that cares about helping those less fortunate. I am sure that will be part of the next chapter of his life.

  8. Speaking solely as a fan of a team in the Hawks division I’m not sad to see them being dismantled. Speaking solely as a fan of good football I’m sad to see one of the best defenses of this generation dismantled.

  9. Remember….it was this class acts concussion in super bowl 49 that opened the flood gates for Tommy to have an epic 2nd half against the wounded Hawk defense. Brady went from getting rid of the ball quickly to scanning and standing after we lost Avril.

  10. Seahawks fans want to peg Wilson as to why they won the SB and were so successful during their short lived run, yet they seem to forget that in that same year they also got Avril, Wagner, Irvin and Bennett. Now that the defense has not been as great the past few years (still above average), they are not winning as much…but Wilson is still there.

    That defense has bailed Wilson out of so many playoff games that should have been loses because of his play. There is no game in the playoffs for the Seahawks that anyone can point to and say Wilson is the reason the won that game….none.

  11. Really good player and person, sad to see the career wind down, he may want to back home home to Jacksonville after choosing the Seahawks four years ago but the Jags don’t need him now….oh well!

  12. Next up, Earl Thomas.

    Problem for Earl is that someone is actually interested in giving Seattle something back. If nobody offered, they’d probably have cut him by now. Instead, they’d rather let him rot on the roster and receive nothing in return.

  13. Now if we can just get rid of Russell Wilson, the Seahawks will have completed the transition from Super Bowl champions into the Browns.

  14. The Seahawks have some good young defensive players. Tough to perform like the previous ones did, though.

  15. Due to salary cap/free agency/injuries/playing a first place schedule/poor draft position/and the league taking draft picks away no team can maintain dominance for very long.

  16. “Problem for Earl is that someone is actually interested in giving Seattle something back”

    lol.

    He has been quoted as saying, ‘wherever I end up, I’ll be happy and rich’….this from a guy who broke into the Cowboys locker room to solicit his services.

  17. Are the Seahawks officially the worst team in their division suddenly? Maybe not with Wilson there, but it’s trending that way with an impasse maybe coming for Wilson’s contract after this year.

  18. Pretty amazing how 2 pro bowl defenders got career ending neck issues with in 2 months of eachother.
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    Avril, Chancellor…and Shazier. That’s 3 Pro Bowl defenders by my count.

  19. In his defense, half the team is too old and decrepit to pass a physical.

  20. It’s ironic that Avril is the guy who ended Tony Romo’s career 2 years ago with that back injury is now himself out of a career with a neck injury. As Antonio Brown would say “karma, karma”.

  21. patsfan4lifesbchamps says:
    May 4, 2018 at 3:55 pm
    One year dynasty

    16 21 Rate This

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    better than that ‘68 version of your Jets, before
    man walked on the moon

    lol

  22. tylawspick6 says:
    May 4, 2018 at 4:39 pm
    cap hell based release

    they will be rebuilding for years and years

    0 1 Rate This

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    You say that about every team it seems. But you also think the NFL is out to get the Patriots and that the Patriots don’t cheat. So I guess you don’t know much….

  23. The pride of Clay High School in Green Cove Springs, FL!! Good Luck, Cliff! Get healthy and stay healthy!

  24. Living here in Jacksonville, Cliff gives back to the community. A great guy and football player. Now he can kick back here in the sunshine state with some Cuervo and fine Columbian

  25. Damn good player . . one of the best first steps around. Saw this coming, but still a bummer. Avril and Chancellor w possible career ending injuries, and Sherman w a season-ender all happened w/in a couple week span. Definitely accelerated the changing of the guard on this era of the D.

  26. What’s interesting to me is that the Seahawks were preaching a “safer” tackling technique, which looked less like form tackling and more about wrapping/dragging down. Wondering if they’re assessing that whole concept now…

  27. Avril is a man among men. His good works in Haiti are commendable. Good luck to a decent human being. You will be missed in Seattle.

    The demise of the Seahawks may be premature. They were a mediocre kicker away from a 12 and 4 season not to mention critical drops by Graham (including an uncontested drop in the endzone).

    Let’s hold off before shoveling dirt on the coffin.

  28. Irish Hoodlum says:
    May 4, 2018 at 4:51 pm
    tylawspick6 says:
    May 4, 2018 at 4:39 pm
    cap hell based release

    they will be rebuilding for years and years

    0 1 Rate This

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    You say that about every team it seems. But you also think the NFL is out to get the Patriots and that the Patriots don’t cheat. So I guess you don’t know much…

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    His shtick is getting really old

  29. Isn’t the NFL pushing Pete Carroll & the Seahawk way of tackling?
    Don’t get concused… get paralyzed!

    2 terrible neck injuries & the fake 12s will continue to push the “classiness” of this orginazation, when in reality, the stadium was empty 10 years ago & the team is ran like a business, just like every other franchise.
    In 2 seasons, it’ll be a great place for visiting teams because all their fans will be gone or selling on secondary market.

  30. Has the Pete Carroll bolt watch started yet? That guy always bails when things look tough. I’ve got the end of 2018 if Seattle is out of the playoffs again.

  31. Hawks are done. The defense won’t be bailing out Russell anymore. Russell will have to put up 30 points a game to have a chance at winning. Russell isn’t a pocket passer that can dissect a defense and put up 30 point every week. He can run and get you a few first downs but that’s about it. Russell Wilson is going to get exposed and choke many games in the 4th q. This is the year where we’ll truly see if Russell Wilson is a good qb that can carry the team or a mediocre conservative qb with fast feet who can’t score enough points and is nothing without a hall of fame defense. Now he’ll know what it’s like for soo many qbs. I see Russell turning into RG3. He missed the playoffs last year. He’ll miss the playoffs this year, and most likely he’ll miss the playoffs next year too. he’ll be in the hot seat next year and seahawks will cut him after 3 years of missing the playoffs and playing awful. Russell won’t get a new deal or get franchise tagged. Someone will pick him up on a cheap deal or he’ll become a backup.

  32. Must be really sad to be a chickens fan. They finally get to SB contention after 40 years of trash and the wheels fall off immediately. Now talks about Russell Wilson getting a franchise tag?
    Pete Carroll is going to retire after this season and Chickens are taken to the woodshed for another 40 years.
    Sad.

  33. Tylawspick6

    You believe nasa went to the moon? ??
    LOL!!! SMH

  34. So many trolls. Must still be scared deep down. The Hawks will suprise all of you this year and send you back to silence.

    Cliff was a great player but it’s time to walk away. Grateful for his contributiins.

    Go HAWKS

  35. Boy, the haters are out!

    I love it!

    Thanks for everything cliff. Now go do your Haiti thing and continue to help people in need, being a better man than most of us.

    Go Hawks!

  36. In the Age of NFL Concussions, no team is going to take a risk on a guy with a serious neurological problem. Avril has been great but it is time for him to hang it up while he can still walk.

  37. Thanks go out in full force to Cliff for his great works on and off the field. I hope his injury will heal to the point there is no long term detrimental effects. We, the team fans, have been dreading this critical juncture we all feared/knew was coming. Best wishes in the future, Cliff.

  38. Will this end up another NFL double standard, about player safety?. If he has failed physical, because his condition could cause death, why would they let him keep playing?

  39. redandgoldhitman52 says:
    May 4, 2018 at 5:23 pm
    Hawks are done. The defense won’t be bailing out Russell anymore. Russell will have to put up 30 points a game to have a chance at winning. Russell isn’t a pocket passer that can dissect a defense and put up 30 point every week. He can run and get you a few first downs but that’s about it. Russell Wilson is going to get exposed and choke many games in the 4th q. This is the year where we’ll truly see if Russell Wilson is a good qb that can carry the team or a mediocre conservative qb with fast feet who can’t score enough points and is nothing without a hall of fame defense. Now he’ll know what it’s like for soo many qbs. I see Russell turning into RG3. He missed the playoffs last year. He’ll miss the playoffs this year, and most likely he’ll miss the playoffs next year too. he’ll be in the hot seat next year and seahawks will cut him after 3 years of missing the playoffs and playing awful. Russell won’t get a new deal or get franchise tagged. Someone will pick him up on a cheap deal or he’ll become a backup.

    Literally the stupidest comment I’ve ever seen on PFT. Ever. You sign an unproven QB to huge bucks in Jimmy G. after he wins you a few games at the end of a typical junk Whiner season. LOL, the jokes on you.

  40. I remember when Carroll coached the Patriots. Hus defenses aspired to be bruises but they were always decimated with injuries, some career ending. I remember one dude drafted from Ohio State whose career ended with a neck injury.

  41. TheDotardinChief says:
    May 4, 2018 at 4:34 pm
    In his defense, half the team is too old and decrepit to pass a physical.
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    As a Cardinals fan, you would be an expert on old and decrepit players.

  42. scmems07 says:

    That defense has bailed Wilson out of so many playoff games that should have been loses because of his play. There is no game in the playoffs for the Seahawks that anyone can point to and say Wilson is the reason the won that game….none.
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    Right like the NFC Championship game in 2014 when he led them to 21 points in half a quarter and threw the winning TD pass in overtime. Or the time he threw for 300 yards and ran for 100 against the Redskins on Monday night.

    The internet is more fun if you know what you are talking about, just FYI.

  43. hakunamangata says:
    Legion of whom
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    Earl Thomas, Bobby Wagner, Frank Clark, Shaquille Griffin, BMax, Jarran Reed, KJ Wright…

    patsfan4lifesbchamps says:
    One year dynasty
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    Brady is juicing.

  44. In 8 years with I assume over 50 draft picks, Millen made two good choices. Calvin Johnson and Cliff Avril. He’s a unicorn.

  45. Major rebuild. At least they recognized how awful their roster has become. Now they just need a new coach.

  46. Most underappreciated DE in the league. This guy was such a huge part of our team! Huge loss! I hope if he is actually healthy he finds a job, and if not finds a way to stick around Seattle! This guy started on a 0-16 team his rookie year and worked his way to the top. Nobody gave him anything, he earned it. As a Hawks fan, I actually will miss him more than Sherm and Bennett (although I love those guys too). Nobody got the constant pressure on QBs like Cliff, and even though the sacks don’t put him in the top 5, he easily is one of the best.

  47. Vincent Alongi says:
    May 4, 2018 at 4:58 pm
    What’s interesting to me is that the Seahawks were preaching a “safer” tackling technique, which looked less like form tackling and more about wrapping/dragging down. Wondering if they’re assessing that whole concept now…

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    Avril’s injury was in no way related to the safer tackling technique they developed. Avril was chasing a guy down from behind when the ball carrier’s heel came up during his normal running and caught Cliff’s chin, snapping his neck backwards. There was no tackling involved at all. In fact at the time it looked like nothing more than a “miss one play” kind of thing.

  48. Things just keep on getting worse & worse for the Hawks!!!! SEA’s pass rush is basically NON-EXISTENT now with Avril, Bennett and Richardson gone giving them no interior rush either & they now are relying on draft busts in Mingo n Jordan to help boost that rush. SEA is going to be suck big time this year, QB’s are going to pick that defense apart.

  49. Given all the holes on the SEA roster they arent going to be able to compete within their own divison last year given the massive exodus of talent and that’s just defensively. Offensively the Hawks 3 play makers who accounted for 20 TOTAL TD’s in Graham, Wilson and Paul Richardson bringing in a scrubs to replace them in guys like #4-#5WR Jaron Brown who Arizona let go despite needing receiver help though they have since completely rebuild their WR Corps in AZ in

  50. We are witnessing professional sports history. This is the official end of sports first and only one year dynasty. Sad.

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