First the Seattle Seahawks added firepower on their offense with a trade earlier this week for Minnesota Vikings' Percy Harvin. On Wednesday, the Seahawks bolstered their defense with the addition of free agent defensive end Cliff Avril.
The former Detroit Lions standout was en route to Seattle Wednesday night where he is expected to sign a two-year, $15 million deal. Avril turned down a three-year, $30 million offer from the Lions after the 2011 season.
Avril, a 6-foot-3, 260-pound third-round pick out of Purdue in 2008, recorded 9.5 sacks in 2012. During his first five years in the league, the 26-year-old compiled 39.5 sacks.
Avril joins a formidable defensive line that includes Chris Clemons and Bruce Irvin.
Avril's departure was expected as he was looking for a salary in the neighborhood of $10 million per year, the Detroit Free Press said.
In what amounts to a swap of free agents, the Lions earlier in the day agreed to terms with Seahawks free-agent defensive lineman Jason Jones.