“I mean, I love Seattle, and I want to spend the rest of my career there. Like I always say, those guys took a chance on me when everybody wasn’t even thinking about me. I probably would have went second, third round … ,” Irvin said, via MyNorthwest.com.
“So those guys will always have a place in my heart, a special place. So like I said, man, if the money was close, I would definitely consider it because the brotherhood I have with those guys, it’s like no other. I’m as close to most of those guys as I am with my real brothers, so leaving those guys would be very hard on me, but not only me, my family also.”
Irvin is widely expected to be one of the best pass-rushers in this year’s free agent class, which leaves him in a great position to cash in on a big-money contract. He has already been linked to every team in need of pass-rush help, so it could be tough for the Seahawks to offer him a market value contract when there’s so much money to be spent this year.
Irvin, 28, is a former first round pick of the Seahawks back in 2012. He played out the final season of his rookie contract after the Seahawks elected not to pick up his fifth-year option last year.
In 2015, Irvin appeared in 15 games and recorded 38 tackles, 5.5 sacks, a forced fumble, a fumble recovery, and two pass defenses. Pro Football Focus has him rated as the No. 15 linebacker in a 4-3 defense out of 35 qualifying players.
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