Cliff Avril released by Seahawks with failed physical designation
Seahawks defensive end Cliff Avril has been released with a failed physical designation, the team announced Friday.
The 32-year-old one-time Pro Bowler suffered a neck injury in Week 4 of the 2017 season and did not return to the field. His football future has been uncertain since the injury. Seahawks safety Kam Chancellor is in a similar situation after suffering a neck injury of his own in Week 10.
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Avril joined the Seahawks as a free agent signing in 2013, and his presence was key in solidifying the defensive line on the way to a Super Bowl championship that season and back-to-back Super Bowl appearances. He recorded 33.5 sacks in four full seasons from 2013-16.
Avril, who is of Haitian descent, has spent each of the last three offseasons helping build a school in rural Haiti, and his Cliff Avril Family Foundation raises money and awareness to fight Type 2 diabetes in youth and encourages healthy living through nutrition and exercise. His off-the-field impact earned him the Seahawks’ nomination for the 2016 Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year Award.
The Purdue alum was a third-round pick of the Detroit Lions in 2008. He played five seasons with Detroit before coming to the Seahawks.
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