Pass rusher Cliff Avril has signed a four-year contract extension with the Seahawks, NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reports. The deal includes $16 million in guaranteed money and is worth up to $28.5 million, according to Rapoport.
Avril, 28, was set to become a free agent after this season. This is his second year in Seattle, after playing his first five seasons with the Lions.
Avril recorded eight sacks in 14 games last season while making just two starts. He has started all 14 of Seattle's games this season and has 4.5 sacks.
In Super Bowl XLVIII, Avril had three tackles and two quarterback hits. He also had a tipped pass that landed in the arms of Malcolm Smith, who returned the interception for a touchdown. Teammate Michael Bennett said after the game that he thought Avril "deserves a raise."
- Dan Gartland