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New additions to Seahawks could be ingredients for a championship

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The Seattle Seahawks made two big moves this week, trading for high-profile wide receiver Percy Harvin and signing defensive end Cliff Avril. These moves show that the Seahawks are serious about winning a Super Bowl this upcoming season, says sports commentator Art Thiel. 

Hawks go 'high profile' during first week of free agency

The Seahawks were expected to be conservative during the free agent signing period, but instead made two huge moves.

"They came out with fireworks, bells and whistles, and are making as big of an impact as any team in the NFL."

Cliff Avril signed in free agency

Art says one of the most glaring weaknesses that the Seahawks needed to address going into next season was a pass rusher, and defensive end Cliff Avril might have been the best that any team could have landed.

"(Avril) was on some pre-free agency charts rated as the number one free agent available. He's a 6 (foot) 3 (inches), 260 pound defensive end, and a very good pass rusher...which was the Seahawks biggest weakness last year, and he was hired to fix that."

Percy Harvin arrives in exchange for first-round draft pick

Art explains that getting a wide receiver like Percy Harvin has a tremendous upside, but he has had his problems in the past.

"He is an exceptional talent, but has also been an exceptional headache for his teams starting in high school, through college, and again professionally. But it appears that Percy Harvin has the contract, the coach, and the team that will make it all worth while (for him), and I just don't think he would say a negative word about anything."

Seattle, finally, appeals to high-level players

Why are the big name players all of a sudden willing to come play in Seattle when they weren't in the past? Art says it is a combination of success and team philosophy.

"Part of it is the success of last season. They (the Seahawks) have also demonstrated an adaptability, flexibility, and creativity that is very attractive to players...The stars are lining up, and the Seahawks have made a statement that 2013 is a Super Bowl year and they are paying to get that young talent now."

You can find Art Thiel's work at Sportspress Northwest and crosscut.com.

Kevin began his career at KNKX in 2003, where his first responsibility was to eradicate the KNKX Jazz Library from all Smooth Jazz CD’s. Since then there is not much at KNKX he hasn’t done. Kevin has worked as a full time jazz host, news host, and has hosted, at least once, almost every single program on KNKX. Kevin currently produces 88.5's weekly show Sound Effect. Kevin has conducted or produced hundreds of interviews, has won local and national awards for newscasts and commentary, and helped make the KNKX Grocery Tote famous.
Art Thiel is a co-founder and writer for the rising sports website Sportspress Northwest. In 2003 Thiel wrote the definitive book about the Seattle Mariners, “Out of Left Field,” which became a regional bestseller. In 2009, along with Steve Rudman and KJR 950 afternoon host Mike Gastineau, Thiel authored “The Great Book of Seattle Sports Lists,” a cross between historylink.org and Mad Magazine that has become mandatory reading for any sports fan who has an indoor bathroom.