Published: Mon, November 12, 2018
Sport | By Wendy Sparks

Bruce Irvin inks 1-year deal with Falcons

Bruce Irvin inks 1-year deal with Falcons

Irvin appears to have made his decision based on the fact that he is from Atlanta and simply wanted to play in front of family. "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". Also, Atlanta has benefited from the addition of an older pass-rusher in recent years when they added Dwight Freeney during the 2016 Super Bowl season, and Freeney was 36 at the time.

Born in Atlanta, Irvin's return home could be mutually beneficial.

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. Quinn knows how to use Irvin, putting him in the best positions to succeed and improve an Atlanta pass rush with some questions.

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Irvin's deal with Atlanta also reunites him with his former Seahawks defensive coordinator Dan Quinn, who now leads the Falcons as head coach. One of the areas that Atlanta has struggled tremendously this season is getting to the quarterback now being 27th with 17 sacks on the season while opposing quarterbacks hold a 102.5 passer rating.

Irvin played with Seattle when Quinn was the team's defensive coordinator.

The Falcons (4-4) remain in playoff contention and will visit the Cleveland Browns (2-6-1) on Sunday.

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For his career, Irvin has 40 sacks and 15 forced fumbles.

The Falcons (4-4) have won three straight despite losing starting safeties Ricardo Allen and Keanu Neal to season-ending injuries.

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