Published: Sun, November 11, 2018
Sport | By Wilson Duncan

Falcons sign Raiders castoff Bruce Irvin

Falcons sign Raiders castoff Bruce Irvin

Former Raiders defensive end Bruce Irvin has a new home in Atlanta, agreeing to a one-year deal with the Falcons.

In his introductory press conference with the Falcons, Irvin voiced that he wants to help the team by being the missing piece on that side of the ball, according to Josh Alper of Pro Football Talk.

Landing in Atlanta is a natural fit for Irvin for another reason. In fact, Irvin says he turned down more money from two other teams because he only wanted to play for the Falcons. The move comes less than three days after the Raiders officially released the 31-year-old Super Bowl champion.

What does this mean for Irvin and the Falcons moving forward? Irvin instead chose to reunite with former Seahawks defensive coordinator and current Falcons head coach Dan Quinn.

But Atlanta (4-4) didn't hesitate to add Irvin to bolster their pass rush. Irvin will bring veteran leadership and know-how to a young defense that features talented players such as Takkarist McKinley, Vic Beasley, and Duke Riley. "He recognized that might be a special moment for him and he really is challenged". During the 2013 and 2014 seasons, Irvin recorded 8.5 sacks, 16 quarterback hits and two forced fumbles under Quinn, who also served as the Seahawks' defensive line coach.

He's played with the Seahawks and Raiders in his seven years in the league with his best year coming last year with Oakland when he had 58 tackles and eight sacks.

The following season, he appeared in 15 games, including 13 starts.

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