Report: Seahawks extend Avril, Wright

Following Thursday's announcement that the Seahawks had resigned outside linebacker K.J. Wright to a four-year $27 million extension came a report Friday that the club had added four years to defensive end Cliff Avril's deal. The duo are critical performers in Seattle's defense, the stingiest in the NFL.

The Seahawks have signed veteran outside linebacker K.J. Wright to a four-year extension, the club announced Thursday.

The club followed that up Friday with a four-year deal for defensive end Cliff Avril, according to Ian Rapoport of The NFL Network. The extension is for $28.5 million and includes $16 million in guarantees.

Though Avril has recorded "just" 4.5 sacks this season, he frequently hurries quarterbacks, playing into Pete Carroll and defensive coordinator Dan Quinn's strategies. Avril, a seven-year veteran with 52 career sacks, was brought in from Detroit prior to last season's Super Bowl run.
The Seahawks did not immediately acknowledge the re-signing of Avril, though keeping the club's most consistent pass-rusher was considered a high priority, especially with quarterback Russell Wilson in the final year of his rookie deal.

"In the offseason, we identified K.J. as one of our core players moving forward and aimed to keep him as a part of the Seahawks family for a long time," General Manager John Schneider said in a statement on the team's official website. "The timing of this signing gives us the ability to keep as many of our core players together as we possibly can. Since Day One, K.J. has been a true professional in his daily approach and we are excited for K.J., his family and the 12s to keep him in the organization."

The club's most versatile linebacker, Wright has started 54 of 58 games played and recorded 333 tackles (224 solo), 6.5 sacks, one interception, 14 passes defensed, four forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries over the first four years of his career. The 6-4, 246 pounder from Mississippi State has the length and strength to help set the edge in the running game and possesses a unique combination of fluidity and awareness in coverage. These traits help him star on the outside, though he's filled in at middle linebacker, at times, including this season while Bobby Wagner was sidelined. Wright has started all 14 games thus far this season, already tying his career high with 96 total tackles.

"K.J. is the epitome of a team guy," said Pete Carroll. "We are excited to reward a player of his caliber for all the hard work he has put in over the years to become an important piece of our defense."

According to NFL.com's Ian Rapoport, the deal was for $27 million.

For more on Wright's extension, click here.

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