The Atlanta Falcons announced Wednesday that they’ve signed DE Bruce Irvin to a one-year contract.
- According to Ian Rapoport, the Falcons are paying Irvin $3.2 million on a prorated one-year contract. He’ll make $1.5 million over the final eight games of the season with the Raiders paying him the $3.8 million he was owed.
Irvin tells Vaughn McClure that the Patriots and Steelers offered him more money, but he wanted to come home to Atlanta.
“This was a dream [come] true,” McClure said. “The Patriots and Steelers offered more money, but being able to play for my city and my people, you just can’t put a price on that.”
Irvin just cleared waivers on Tuesday, so it did not take long for him to find a new team.
The Falcons have obvious ties to Irvin, given that HC Dan Quinn was his defensive coordinator in Seattle. Beyond that, Atlanta could use pass rush help, so this seems like a pretty good fit.
Irvin, 30, is a former first-round pick of the Seahawks back in 2012. He spent four years in Seattle before signing a four-year, $37 million contract that included $19 million guaranteed with the Raiders in 2016.
Irvin was set to make base salaries of $8 million and $9 million over the remaining two years of the agreement when the Raiders waived him on Monday.
In 2018, Irvin has appeared in six games for the Raiders and recorded six tackles, three sacks, and a forced fumble.
We had him featured in our Top 50 Available 2018 NFL Free Agents list.