AP source: Avril, Seahawks reach deal

By TIM BOOTH - AP Sports Writer
    2013-03-13 22:06

SEATTLE (AP) - A person with knowledge of the situation tells The Associated Press that free agent defensive end Cliff 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. NFL.com 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. Coach Pete Carroll has said improving the pass rush was at the top of the priority list.

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Avril had 9 1/2 sacks last season for Detroit and 11 in 2011.