RENTON, Wash. -- The Seattle Seahawks have signed defensive end Cliff Avril to a $28.5 million, four-year extension, preventing one of their top pass rushers from reaching free agency.
"I'm happy to know that I'll be back in Seattle with such a great group of guys," Avril said at a news conference Friday. "The talent on this team is amazing and I'm glad to be a part of it."
Avril's deal comes a day after the Seahawks signed linebacker K.J. Wright to a four-year extension worth $27 million. Avril and Wright were two of Seattle's priorities.
Avril is in his second year with Seattle after signing a two-year deal before the 2013 season.
Avril has started all 14 games and has 4 ½ sacks this season. He had eight sacks last year playing in more of a rotation on Seattle's defensive line.
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