March 15, 2013
The National Football League's free agency frenzy has reached a pair of former Boilermakers teammates as defensive end Cliff Avril moved from Detroit to Seattle and tight end Dustin Keller from the New York Jets to Miami.
Avril, who signed a two-year deal with the Seahawks on Thursday, is coming off a 2012 season that saw him record 35 total tackles, including 9.5 sacks, and a pair of fumbles forced. A third-round selection by Detroit in the 2008 draft, Avril has 39.5 sacks in his first five years as a professional. Sports Illustrated deemed Seattle's signing of the former Boilermaker one of the smartest of the free agency period. Avril lettered at Purdue from 2004-07.
Keller, who signed a one-year deal with the Dolphins on Friday, is coming off a injury-plagued 2012 in which he finished with career lows for catches (28), receiving yards (317) and touchdowns (two). He departs the Jets with 2,876 receiving yards, fourth all-time in franchise history for tight ends. Keller lettered at Purdue from 2004-07 after starring locally at Lafayette Jefferson High School.