Seahawks release former Purdue star Cliff Avril with failed physical designation
In the same offseason that the Legion of Boom was no more, another Seahawks defensive staple is moving on.
Seattle announced that after five seasons with the team, it released former Purdue star Cliff Avril.
The team made that announcement on Twitter:
The @Seahawks released/failed physical @cliffavril today. We thank Cliff for being an important piece in bringing a Super Bowl title to Seattle through his leadership and passion for the 12s and the community.https://t.co/ITWDKH0jhc
— Seattle Seahawks (@seahawksPR) May 4, 2018
The prolific defensive end got the failed physical designation because of a season-ending neck injury he suffered in the first month of the 2017 season.
The 32-year-old has been a fixture in Seattle — as well as opposing backfields — the past five years. He racked up 34.5 sacks with the Seahawks, including a career-best 11.5 sacks in his last full season in 2016. That earned him his first Pro Bowl nod.
It’s unknown what’s next for the former third-round pick. He has 74 sacks and 29 forced fumbles in his 10-year career. Avril doesn’t sound like he’s ready to retire.
He posted this on Instagram following the news of his release:
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