Well, so much for the idea that the Seahawks won’t spend big in free agency after trading for Percy Harvin, then signing him to a big deal.
A day after that trade became official the Seahawks have agreed to terms on a deal with free agent defensive end Cliff Avril, according to Albert Breer of the NFL Network.
Cliff Avril has agreed to terms with Seattle, per source.
— Albert Breer (@AlbertBreer) March 13, 2013
The terms of the deal aren’t yet known, but the 26-year-old former Detroit Lion is considered the top defensive end on the free agent market, so this is certainly not going to be a small contract.
Avril, a third-round pick in 2008, had 9.5 sacks last season, and 11 sacks in 2011. The Seahawks struggled last season to generate a pass rush with anyone other than Chris Clemons and Bruce Irvin, and Clemons may not be ready for the start of the season because of a knee injury suffered in the playoffs, so getting better in that area was a must for Seattle. It just wasn’t a given that Seattle would be willing to spend big to upgrade its pass rush, especially after giving so much money to Harvin.
At least one Seahawk was a fan of the move right when the news broke.
That’s a good pick up for us!!!!
— Earl Thomas (@Earl_Thomas) March 13, 2013