Bruce Irvin inks 1-year deal with Falcons

Carrie Guzman
November 11, 2018

A native of Georgia, Irvin wants to achieve success in his home town. Irvin has plenty to offer that could prove to beneficial this season but also may put him in play to be a long-term fixture with the franchise well beyond the 2018 campaign.

According to Over the Cap, Atlanta only had about $3.49 million in cap room prior to Irvin signing, so we'll see.

He then played at West Virginia and went No. 12 overall in the 2012 draft to Seattle.

The Falcons hope Irvin adds new punch to the pass rush.

He cleared waivers without any team submitting a claim, but it's worth noting that the Falcons weren't the only organization checking in with him once he hit free agency. Norton coached the Seahawks' linebackers when Irvin was in Seattle, and he served as the Raiders' defensive coordinator when Irvin signed there as a free agent in 2016. It also reunites Irvin with Falcons defensive coordinator Marquand Manuel.

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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.

Landing in Atlanta is a natural fit for Irvin for another reason. Irvin will bring veteran leadership and know-how to a young defense that features talented players such as Takkarist McKinley, Vic Beasley, and Duke Riley.

Irvin said that he could have been paid more money by going to Pittsburgh or by New England when he spoke to Vaughn McClure of ESPN.com.

And other National Football League teams knew it.

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