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Thursday March 14th, 2013

Free-agent defensive end Cliff Avril signed with the Seattle Seahawks.(Gregory Shamus/Getty Images) Free-agent defensive end Cliff Avril signed with the Seattle Seahawks.(Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

The Seattle Seahawks continued their offseason haul towards a possible championship by agreeing to a deal with free agent defensive end Cliff Avril on Wednesday, NFL.com reports.

The deal is for two years and $15 million. Avril turned down a three-year, $30 million deal last season. Avril was considered by some as the top free agent in the market.

Avril, who played with the Detroit Lions last season, has 29 sacks, and nine forced fumbles over the last three seasons. In 2012, Avril had 28 tackles and 9.5 sacks.

Avril was given the non-exclusive franchise tag by the Lions, paying him $10.6 million last season.

The Seahawks upgraded their offensive talent by trading for former Minnesota Vikings receiver Percy Harvin earlier this week. The team then signed him to a six-year, $67 million contract, with $25.5 million guaranteed. https://twitter.com/AlbertBreer/status/311979960434827264

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