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Bruce Irvin comes home to Atlanta to help boost pass rush

08 November, 2018, 21:12 | Author: Heidi Alvarez
  • Steelers offered Bruce Irvin more money but he signed with the Falcons

The new free agent linebacker and former Seahawks Super Bowl starter announced Wednesday morning he was signing with his hometown Atlanta Falcons for the rest of this season.

They seem to have been keeping that spot open for defensive end Bruce Irvin, an Atlanta native, who chose to spurn the Patriots in favor of the Falcons. It's no surprise he worked his way East upon his release, as he has a strong connection with Falcons coach Dan Quinn, who served as defensive coordinator for the Seahawks from 2013-14 before arriving in Atlanta.

It will be interesting to see if the Steelers eventually do add another pass rusher for this stretch run. After the game, first-year coach Jon Gruden explained his decision to keep Irvin on the sidelines for most of the game.

Vaughn McClure at ESPN reports that Irvin says both the Patriots and Steelers offered him more money, but he wanted to play for the Falcons. He then signed a four-year contract worth $37 million with the Raiders in March 2016 that included $19 million guaranteed.

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Irvin has three sacks so far this season after posting a career-high eight last season.

"We're a 4-3 team now, so in the base defense sometimes he doesn't fit the role we need done", he said.

Quinn mentioned getting Irvin on the field "as soon as possible" because Irvin is so familiar with the scheme.

The Falcons (4-4) remain in playoff contention and will visit the Cleveland Browns (2-6-1) on Sunday.

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