Irvin played just nine snaps in the Raiders' 34-3 loss to the San Francisco 49ers on Thursday night and was believed to be on the block prior to the trade deadline. They seem to have been keeping that spot open for defensive end Bruce Irvin, an Atlanta native, who made a decision to spurn the Patriots in favor of the Falcons.
Signing Bruce Irvin improves Atlanta's ever-increasing playoff hopes helping fix the weakness of their team. In fact, Irvin says he turned down more money from two other teams because he only wanted to play for the Falcons.
Drafted 15th overall in 2012, Irvin spent four seasons with the Seattle Seahawks before joining the Raiders in 2016. "He will add to our rotation along the defensive line, while adding to our pass rush".
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Some might look at Irvin's age as a negative, but the Falcons won't ask him to play every down.
The Falcons' defense had more good news on Wednesday.
Irvin's most memorable seasons came with the Seahawks under Dan Quinn. Frank Clark leads the team with 7.5 sacks and defensive tackle Jarran Reed has five sacks. At 1-7 on the season and being outscored by almost two touchdowns per game, things continue to go from bad to worse.
Throughout his career, Irvin has shown he can be a factor behind his pass-rushing ability that has seen him total 40.0 sacks through his six-plus years in the league.