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Cliff Avril

Cliff Avril - #56 - DE

Status Active
Height/Weight 6' 3"/ 260 lbs.
Birthday 04/08/1986
Birthplace Orange Park, FL
College Purdue
Years played 6
Drafted 2008, 3rd round, 29th pick by Lions

Lions looking healthier after open date

Posted Oct. 09, 2012 @ 10:03 p.m. ET
Louis Delmas and Cliff Avril were on the practice field, looking healthy after a much-needed open date for the Lions.

One-year deal: Nine playing under franchise tag in 2012

Posted Aug. 07, 2012 @ 11:11 a.m. ET
Kevin Fishbain takes a closer look at the nine players expected to play the 2012 season under the franchise tag.

Avril signs tender, reports to Lions' camp

Posted Aug. 05, 2012 @ 1:17 p.m. ET
Lions DE Cliff Avril ended his holdout Sunday, signing his one-year, $10.6 million franchise tender and reporting to training camp.

Lions have decisions to make at DE spot

Posted July 22, 2012 @ 4:02 p.m. ET
Cliff Avril's future in Detroit isn't the only issue the Lions will soon have to sort out among their DE corps, writes PFW's Mike Wilkening.

Avril says he's not mad after talks end with Lions

Posted July 16, 2012 @ 5:26 p.m. ET
Franchised DE Cliff Avril refused to lash out at the Detroit Lions after both sides ended negotiations on a multiyear contract.

Deadline passes for signing franchised players to long-term deals

Posted July 16, 2012 @ 4:18 p.m. ET
Several players will have to play 2012 under the franchise tender after the deadline for signing long-term extensions passed.

Lions place franchise tag on DE Avril

Posted March 05, 2012 @ 11:10 a.m. ET
The Lions have placed the franchise tag on DE Cliff Avril, keeping one of the league's top young pass rushers off the free-agent market.

Free-agent scouting report: Lions DE Cliff Avril

Posted March 01, 2012 @ 10 a.m. ET
Lions DE Cliff Avril would be one of the top pass rushers available if he reaches free agency.

Lions, Avril on same page regarding franchise tag

Posted Feb. 25, 2012 @ 2:14 p.m. ET
The Lions and DE Cliff Avril have something in common: Neither likes the idea of the franchise tag.

DE Avril might hold out if given franchise tag

Posted Feb. 19, 2012 @ 1:36 p.m. ET
Lions DE Cliff Avril told the Detroit Free Press on Saturday that holding out is one of the options he might pursue if he is given the team's franchise tag.

Schwartz: Challenging free-agency decisions product of success

Posted Feb. 04, 2012 @ 6:17 p.m. ET
The Lions would like to re-sign DE Cliff Avril, Lions head coach Jim Schwartz told PFW at the Super Bowl.

NFL hands out fines for Week 15 play

Posted Dec. 23, 2011 @ 5:05 p.m. ET
The NFL has handed out fines to players for illegal conduct in Week 15, including Giants DE Jason Pierre-Paul and Jets WR Santonio Holmes.

Lions' Vanden Bosch having productive season

Posted Dec. 23, 2011 @ 3:34 p.m. ET
Lions DE Kyle Vanden Bosch has had one of his most productive seasons from a pass-rushing standpoint, recording eight sacks — one in eight separate games.

Lions-Bears matchup of the day: Wednesday

Posted Nov. 09, 2011 @ 2:34 p.m. ET
Mike Martz needs to stick to the script that has helped the Bears improve their pass protection over the past three games.

Avril producing again for stout, playmaking Lions' defense

Posted Nov. 04, 2011 @ 12:48 p.m. ET
The Lions are on pace to surrender 200 fewer points than they did in head coach Jim Schwartz's first season in 2009. And like last season, the pass rush, with DE Cliff Avril a key component, is again stout.

McCoy, Avril and Quinn named NFC Players of the Week

Posted Nov. 02, 2011 @ 12:31 p.m. ET
Eagles RB LeSean McCoy, Lions DE Cliff Avril and Rams DE Robert Quinn were named the NFC Players of Week Eight.

Bears-Lions matchup of the day: Sunday

Posted Oct. 09, 2011 @ 6:55 p.m. ET
The Bears haven't been thrilled with Frank Omiyale's play, but he's expected to make his third consecutive start Monday night vs. the Lions.

Recap of Friday's NFL fines

Posted Dec. 10, 2010 @ 6:26 p.m. ET
Eagles DE Trent Cole was among players fined on Friday for plays that took place in Week 13.

Packers-Lions matchup of the day: Thursday

Posted Dec. 09, 2010 @ 2:22 p.m. ET
PFW executive editor and resident Packers expert Dan Arkush presents the third of five key matchups this week in advance of the Packers' Week 14 game against the Lions at Detroit  

Redskins' Moss may be fielding more punts

Posted April 25, 2010 @ 11:59 a.m. ET
It's not his favorite job, but Redskins WR Santana Moss could find himself returning more punts this season, according to NFC Whispers.


Posted March 14, 2013
The Seattle Seahawks have finalized their contract with free agent defensive end Cliff Avril, adding another needed pass rusher along their defensive line. The contract, reportedly for two years, was finalized on Thursday.||||||| Avril immediately addresses Seattle's need to add someone who can pressure the quarterback. Avril had 9 1/2 sacks last season, but the best of his five years with Detroit came in 2011. Avril had 11 sacks - good for seventh in the NFC - along with six forced fumbles and an interception. His long, lean frame fits the mold of the type of defensive ends that Seattle coach Pete Carroll wants.
Posted March 13, 2013
A person with knowledge of the situation tells The Associated Press that Avril and the Seattle Seahawks have reached agreement on a deal that addresses one of Seattle's big offseason concerns.||||||| The agreement was reached on Wednesday and is still pending a physical. The person spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity because the team had not announced the deal. first reported the deal. Avril immediately helps Seattle's most glaring offseason need in adding depth along the defensive line. Seattle is unsure of the status of defensive end Chris Clemons due to a knee injury suffered against Washington in the playoffs.
Posted Oct. 20, 2012
Avril (back) is probable for Monday's game at Chicago.||||||| Avril suffered the injury last week against Minnesota.
Posted Sept. 30, 2012
Avril left Sunday's game against Minnesota with a back injury.||||||| Avril slipped awkwardly while rushing the quarterback in the fourth quarter and lost his footing. He remained down for a little while being tended to on the field, but he was able to walk off gingerly. He also missed the start of Detroit's next defensive series.
Posted Aug. 05, 2012
Avril has reported to Detroit Lions training camp. Detroit Lions spokesman Bill Keenist confirmed Avril signed his tender Sunday morning.||||||| Avril will make $10.6 million this season as franchise-tagged player. He didn't report with his teammates to training camp on July 26 and missed more than a week of practice. Avril is the only NFL player with at least 19 1/2 sacks, nine deflected passes, seven forced fumbles and four fumble recoveries the previous two years.