Bruce Irvin says he took less money to sign with Falcons

Mae Harvey
November 12, 2018

The New England Patriots aren't usually a team to offer big free-agent dollars, but in the case of recently-released pass rusher Bruce Irvin this week, their offer was among the highest.

He was Irvin's position coach from when Seattle drafted him in the first round in 2012 until he signed a $27.7 million contract with the Oakland Raiders following the 2015 season. "The Patriots and Steelers offered more money, but being able to play for my city and my people, you just can't put a price on that", continued Irvin.

Irvin has 40 sacks and 15 forced fumbles over 98 career games.

The Falcons and Seahawks are 4-4, two games behind Carolina (6-2) and 1 1/2 games behind Minnesota (5-3-1) in the race for the conference's wild-card playoff berths.

Irvin played two seasons with Seattle when Quinn was the team's defensive co-ordinator. Irvin, who is an outside linebacker is also an effective pass rusher. Maybe the addition of Irvin will spark more production out of Beasley.

Being a veteran on that team is similar to a prison sentence, or at least that's how Bruce Irvin made it seem in his first practice with his new team, the Atlanta Falcons. However, a three-game win streak allowed the team to get to midseason at 500.

Some might look at Irvin's age as a negative, but the Falcons won't ask him to play every down.

Irvin, 31, had just six tackles and three sacks this season for the last-place Raiders and had seen his playing time decrease dramatically in recent weeks.

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