Defensive end Cliff Avril said he was headed to Seattle.

That described both the destination on his itinerary Wednesday and his intention in free agency as the defensive end from Detroit — one of the top free agents available on the market — confirmed a pending agreement to become a Seahawk.

He declined any further comment until the deal is signed, but the fact he's coming to Seattle is statement enough.

One day after signing receiver Percy Harvin to the largest contract in franchise history, the Seahawks were poised to address the most glaring need on their team with Avril a pass-rusher who is 26 years old and has 29 sacks over the past three years with the Lions.

"Welcome big man," quarterback Russell Wilson posted on his Twitter account. "I luckily don't have to get chased around by you anymore. #ChampionshipOffseason."

"That's a good pick up for us!" safety Earl Thomas wrote, also via Twitter.

Actually, Thomas used four exclamation points. Yes, this was that kind of acquisition. A little bit of shock and awe arriving so unexpectedly on the second day of NFL free agency.