Patriots offered DE Bruce Irvin more money before he signed with Falcons

Ruben Hill
November 8, 2018

Jon Gruden and the Oakland Raiders didn't have any use for defensive end Bruce Irvin anymore, but one of the hottest teams in the National Football League was happy to scoop him up. Norton coached the Seahawks' linebackers when Irvin was in Seattle, and he served as the Raiders' defensive coordinator when Irvin signed there as a free agent in 2016.

"We know exactly how Bruce will fit into our team on the field, and just as importantly into our locker room", Falcons coach Dann Quinn said. The pass rush hasn't been much better; ranking 26th and just 17 sacks. "He is familiar with our scheme and we are familiar with his strengths, so we are looking forward to getting him on the field as soon as possible".

"This was a dream (come) true", Irvin told ESPN's Vaughn McClure after news of his signing broke. "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". The Seahawks were thought to be a consideration for Irvin because he played four years for the Seahawks, who chose him in the first round of the 2012 NFL Draft. He was waived by Oakland on Monday. The 31-year-old has played in eight games this year and has totaled six tackles and three sacks.

The Falcons and Seahawks are 4-4, two games behind Carolina (6-2) and 1 1/2 games behind Minnesota (5-3-1) in the race for the conference's wild-card playoff berths.

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