Before becoming a free agent in 2013 Seahawks DE Cliff Avril reportedly declined a 3-year $30 contract to stay with the Lions opting to test the free agent market in hopes of getting a little bit more. Avril ended up signing a 2 year contract worth $13 million. A lot of players would be bitter knowing they lost out on $3.5 million a year, but Avril isn’t one of those players.
“It’s not like I’m making pennies,” Avril said. “Again, I can’t complain. I’m fortunate enough to be where I’m at right now. There’s definitely no bitterness.”
Pressed by reporters if he was upset about playing the 2012 season in Detroit on the franchise tag, and then getting less than expected in 2013, Avril said he has no complaints.
“No, it’s a business,” Avril said. “I’ve been saying that from years past. It’s a business. I understand it. It is what it is. It’s working out for me. I can’t complain. Once again, I’m here at the Super Bowl talking to you guys. I can’t complain at all.”
As Avril noted last week on Pro Football Talk on NBCSN, his two-year contract with the Seahawks could be just the first contract he signs in Seattle. Avril said he would love to stay in Seattle for the long haul.
“I would love, I would love to,” Avril told Mike Florio. “I definitely don’t want to go into free agency again. But,you know, we’ll see how it goes, how it works out, but I would definitely love to be out here, you know it’s a great place to be, stadium is amazing, team is good, I would love to be out here.”-ProFootballTalk.com
Avril is being a great sport about it, he pretty much gave up some money to be on a winning team and winning on the Super Bowl would just cap a great year for him. A lot of people would love to be where Avril is and he is being humble.