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Jets Safety Landry Signs With Colts, Seahawks Get Cliff Avril

National Football League safety LaRon Landry spent five years with the Washington Redskins before joining the New York Jets last season. Photographer: Larry French/Getty Images
National Football League safety LaRon Landry spent five years with the Washington Redskins before joining the New York Jets last season. Photographer: Larry French/Getty Images

March 14 (Bloomberg) -- Former New York Jets safety LaRon Landry signed a free-agent contract with the Indianapolis Colts, while the Seattle Seahawks added defensive end Cliff Avril.

Avril, 26, agreed to a two-year, $15 million contract, ESPN reported today, the second full day of National Football League free agency. Avril spent the past five seasons with the Detroit Lions.

The Colts did not reveal financial details of Landry’s contract in an announcement on their website. The four-year deal is worth $24 million, with $14 million in guarantees, according to ESPN.

A first-round pick by the Washington Redskins in the 2007 NFL draft, Landry spent five years with the team before joining the Jets last season. The 28-year-old played all 16 games with New York, with two interceptions and a team-high four forced fumbles.

Avril, selected in the third round of the 2008 draft by the Lions, had 20 1/2 sacks and eight forced fumbles in his last two seasons. His signing comes two days after the team acquired wide receiver Percy Harvin in a trade with the Minnesota Vikings.

The Seahawks gave up 306.2 yards per game last season, fourth fewest in the league, and had 36 sacks, 16 fewer than the league-leading Denver Broncos. Defensive end Chris Clemons, who led the team with 11 1/2 sacks, tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee during Seattle’s first playoff game and the team has not yet announced a timetable for his return.

The Kansas City Chiefs released quarterback Matt Cassel after trading for Alex Smith. The 30-year-old Cassel was 19-28 with the team and would have made a base salary of $7.5 million this season, ESPN said.

The Chiefs also agreed to a three-year contract with cornerback Sean Smith, ESPN said. Smith played the last four seasons in Miami.

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Michael Sillup at msillup@bloomberg.net

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