Falcons sign OL Bruce Irvin

Steelers offered Bruce Irvin more money but he signed with the Falcons

Bruce Irvin is going home. Irvin has 3.0 sacks so far on the year and will be joining a much better defense in Atlanta.

Trading Khalil Mack and Amari Cooper certainly doesn't help, with the latest casualty being leading sack getter Bruce Irvin, who found himself waived by the Raiders this past weekend. He was a centerpiece of the ferocious Seahawks' defense prior to that, and he has been a durable and productive player even on the wrong side of age 30.

Irvin, under his breath, replied, "They're right".

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports the New England Patriots, Seattle Seahawks and Pittsburgh Penguins all expressed interest in Irvin once he cleared waivers, but he elected to reunite with Falcons head coach Dan Quinn, who was his defensive coordinator in Seattle from 2013-2014.

"I'm the icing on the top", Irvin said.

It will be interesting to see if the Steelers eventually do add another pass rusher for this stretch run. One shouldn't really blame him.

He joins a Falcons defense that has been hit hard by injuries. In fact, he played just nine snaps in Oakland's blowout loss to the 49ers, led by former undrafted free agent Nick Mullens. In two seasons playing under Quinn, Irvin compiled 88 tackles, 8.5 sacks, five passes defended, three interceptions, two forced fumbles and scored twice. His 11 forced fumbles since the start of the 2016 season are the most in the National Football League in that span. The 31-year-old has played for the Raiders and the Seahawks in his career.



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