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Cliff Avril: "I want to keep the party going"

Cliff Avril's deal wasn't all that complicated.

"They wanted to do a deal and I signed on the dotted line," the defensive end said.

OK, maybe it was a little more than that. He said he and the Seahawks tried to get a deal done at the end of last year, but other things came up (AKA, Michael Bennett contract, as well as Kam Chancellor, Earl Thomas, Richard Sherman, Doug Baldwin).

"I didn't want to go back into free agency," Avril said after signing a four-year extension reportedly worth $28.5 million. "I didn't like that whole process two years ago. And I like it a lot out here. I love what Coach Carroll is doing with the guys here. I love the scheme, the guys in the locker room make it  fun to play here."

"And again, just being in Seattle and the environment we have going. I want to keep the party going."

Here's more of what he had to say, even adding a little jab at his former team, the Detroit Lions:

I’m happy . I’m happy to know that 1. I’ll be back in Seattle with such a great group of guys. The talent on this team is amazing and I’m glad to to be a part of it.

They wanted to do a deal and I signed on the dotted line.

We wanted, we tried to do soemthign after the season last year. They had different things they had to do to try to get things. I told my agent not to call me really throughout the season until something is really worth paying attention to. He called me and voila.

I didn’t want to go back into free agency. I didn’t like that whole process two years ago. And I like it out here. I love what coach Carroll is doing with the guys her. Ilove the scheme, the guys in the locker room make it so fun to play here. And again, just being in Seattle and the environment we have going, I want to keep the party going.

I felt like I was going to prove to sometobyd that I deserved getting a long term deal. It’s taken a while the get the most out of the deal. But everything happens for a reason. It’s all about timing. Two years ago, people were talking about you know the free agency market and these different things. It’s worked out for me here. I’m happy that they wanted me back and I’m happy to be back.

That was when the market was low. Mike Bennett and all us “Top free agents” were coming out due to whatever the NFL does. The market was low or whatnot. But everything happens for a reason. We were fortunate with me and Mike coming in at the same time and we are now going to be here for a few years.

It speaks a lot about John and Coach Carroll. Obviosly we had to show what we could do. We felt we could come in and do some things. They kept us the second year, well, they gave Mike all the money last year. I guessed they liked what we were doing and what we could bring to the team. And I love the way the organization is ran so I’m defenitley happy they decided to keep me around for a little bit.

It’s great. It kind of gives you that college feel. You go to college and you know you are going to be there the next four or five years. We know some of us are going ot be here for the next few years. And we have grown and gotten better. I’m one of the older guys to get signed. It’s cool that the locker room won’t change too, too much. That’s rare in the NFL.

How have you grown from Detroit to Seattle; I’ve learned how to win. Sorry Detroit. I’ve just learned how to approach the game a little differnet. Obviously the way Coach Carroll the way he runs things is a little different. It’s not an uptight environment, I enjoy coming to work. Some places it can be hard on you if you are losing, then coaches don’t’ want to talk to you because people are worried about their jobs and this and that. But it’s nice to have a great group of guys and management obviously, tye are doing a great job at bringing the type of guys they want in here. And it’s just fun to come to work everyday.

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