Bruce Irvin says Patriots offered more money but he chose Falcons

Bruce Irvin says Patriots offered more money but he chose Falcons

Irvin, 31, should help bolster the pass rush working alongside former sack champ Vic Beasley Jr. and Takk McKinley.

Veteran pass-rusher Bruce Irvin wanted to come home to Atlanta all along.

Drafted 15th overall in 2012, Irvin spent four seasons with the Seattle Seahawks before joining the Raiders in 2016. With $3.8 million left on his contract, the defensive lineman cleared waivers on Tuesday and was a free agent.

Irvin, 31, has been considered among the more productive pass rushers in the National Football League since he was selected by the Seattle Seahawks with the 12th-overall pick in the 2012 draft.

What does this mean for Irvin and the Falcons moving forward?

He joins a Falcons defense that has been hit hard by injuries. It's no surprise he worked his way East upon his release, as he has a strong connection with Falcons coach Dan Quinn, who served as defensive coordinator for the Seahawks from 2013-14 before arriving in Atlanta.

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Landing in Atlanta is a natural fit for Irvin for another reason.

The Atlanta Falcons are very much in the playoff hunt even after a miserable 1-4 start.

"This was a dream [come] true", Irvin told ESPN's Vaughn McClure. The addition of Irvin will add to the team's depth chart.

"I'm the icing on the top", Irvin said.

The Pittsburgh Steelers and New England Patriots offered more money but Irvin cared more about playing for his hometown team. Keep an eye out for my articles covering the Falcons, Yellowjackets and other collegiate and professional teams.

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