Friday’s NFL: Seahawks cut ex-Lions DE Cliff Avril Jersey

Seattle 鈥?Defensive end Cliff Avril was released by the Seattle Seahawks on Friday with a failed physical designation due to a neck injury that cost him most of the 2017 season.
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Avril’s release was expected and could mean the end of a 10-year career during which he was a standout player for the Seahawks and the Detroit Lions.

Avril arrived in Seattle before the 2013 season and instantly helped transform the Seahawks defense into one of the best in recent memory. He was part of a rotation at first but became a full-time starter in 2014. His best season came in 2016 when Avril had a career-high 11 陆 sacks and was voted to the Pro Bowl for the only time in his career.
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Avril spent five seasons in Detroit before coming to Seattle. He was a third-round Kenneth Dixon Womens Jersey pick out of Purdue and suffered through a 0-16 season in his rookie year with the Lions. He became a standout in Detroit but experienced his greatest team success in Seattle, helping the team win the Super Bowl in his first season with the Seahawks. He made a return trip to the championship game with the team the following year.
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That’s a huge number even for a quality backup, one with eight sacks last season, so the Jaguars are better off taking a wait-and-see approach on Fowler’s long-term future. If Fowler has a breakout year in 2018, the Jaguars can still sign him to a contract extension or take the less appealing option of a franchise tag (already $17.143 million for defensive ends next season) to keep him from becoming a free agent.

Unlike the Blake Bortles fifth-year option decision before the quarterback signed a three-year deal, the Jaguars have the D-line depth to see if Fowler keeps ascending. Yannick Ngakoue, who starts ahead of Fowler, cornerback Jalen Ramsey and Myles Jack are ahead of him in the Jaguars’ line for extensions.

New York Giants Will Grier, QB, West Virginia: The former Florida transfer has a cannon and can wing it down the field. If he takes another step forward in his second year with Dana Holgerson, he could be highly-coveted. 3. New York Jets Deebo Samuel, WR, South Carolina: He missed a lot of 2017 with injury, but when Samuel plays he’s a high-impact guy who can take the top off of a defense. His one-handed touchdown snag in the Gamecocks’ season opener last year was ridiculous. The Jets need to get Sam Darnold a true No. 1 weapon to grow with.

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