Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk, citing multiple league sources, reports that the Seahawks have accepted that free agent OLB Bruce Irvin will be signing elsewhere.
Even though Irvin had said that he’s be willing to return to Seattle if the money was close, Florio mentions that this won’t be case.
In fact, a source tells Florio that the bridge between Irvin and the team was “burned” by their decision to not exercise the fifth-year option.
According to Florio, there are several teams in the running for Irvin, including the Cardinals. Another team mentioned by Florio is the Jaguars.
Ian Rapoport of NFL Media previously reported that the Jaguars and Falcons have “clear interest” in Irvin with the Cardinals being a team worth keeping an eye on.
Irvin is widely considered 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 will be interesting to see what kind of money he gets.
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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