Report: Bucs Pushing Hard For DE Cliff AvrilMarch 12th, 2013
Jason LaCanfora of CBSSports.com is piping in this morning with word that the Bucs may approaching Lions free agent defensive end Cliff Avril with a whatever-it-takes mentality.
Avril is a fast, manbeast who rushes off the left side, like DaQuan Bowers and Michael Bennett, and had 9.5 sacks last season after an 11-sack campaign in 2011.
Cliff Avril is the best in breed here, and the Lions desperately want to retain him, though that seems less likely by the day. The question is whether he reaches $10 million per year, which would help set the rest of the market for pass rushers. Tampa Bay is pushing hard for a pass rusher and several league sources believe they’ll do what it takes to get Avril. Michael Bennett is bracing to leave the Bucs, and he is drawing nice interest as well, with the Eagles and Falcons also deep in on players at these positions.
How well does Avril play the run? Joe isn’t certain, but Joe’s pretty confident he doesn’t compare to Michael Bennett in that area. But Avril will get after the passer in a huge way.
He turns 27 next month and is originally from Jacksonville. Perhaps he wants to come home? Here’s a highlight reel of Avril below.