The most underpaid veteran on the Seattle Seahawks is defensive end Cliff Avril, per The Ringer.
Given the amount of sacks Avril put up last year (11.5) compared to the rest of the league, the argument certainly has merit. Moreover, his guaranteed money is arguably laughable in comparison to some of his lesser-achieving peers.
Contract: A four-year, $28.5 million contract signed in December 2014
Average annual value: $7.13 million (33rd among all edge rushers)
2017 salary and bonuses: $5 million (53rd among all edge rushers)
Total guaranteed at signing: $9.5 million (48th among all edge rushers)
"Avril finished the 2016 season with 11.5 sacks (tied for sixth in the NFL), five forced fumbles (tied for third), 20 defeats (tied for 16th), and 35.5 pass pressures (tied for 11th). Avril possesses one of the quickest first steps in the game and is a master strip-sack artist on the highest level (only Charles Tillman has more forced fumbles than Avril’s 30 since he came into the league). The Seahawks’ explosive pass rusher ranked no. 56 on the NFL’s top-100 players list for 2016 — and heads into 2017 ranked 53rd in cash due … among edge rushers alone. Avril has well outgrown a contract that undervalued him even back in 2014 when he signed it. With his contract year coming up in 2018, he’s not far off from another big payday."