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Seahawks release Cliff Avril with failed physical designation

American Express Dinner On The 50

SEATTLE, WA - AUGUST 29: Seattle Seahawks stars Cliff Avril and Bobby Wagner answer questions during the American Express “Dinner on the 50" at CenturyLink Field on August 29, 2017 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Paul Conrad/Getty Images for American Express)

Paul Conrad

The dismantling of a once-great Seahawks defense continued Friday.

The team announced that defensive end Cliff Avril had been released with a failed physical designation.

He suffered a neck injury early last year, and the team made it clear that if he came back to play, it wasn’t going to be with them.

Avril has said he wants to keep playing, though it’s unclear who will give him a chance with his age and the injury.

Avril joins Michael Bennett, Richard Sherman, and eventually Kam Chancellor on the outs this offseason.

He had 33.5 sacks over his four years with the Seahawks, and forced 13 fumbles.