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Bruce Irvin becomes first first-rounder to sign

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The surprise of the first round of the 2012 draft has become the first 2012 first-round pick to sign a contract.

Per a source with knowledge of the situation, the Seahawks have agreed to terms with defensive end Bruce Irvin.

The team’s decision to make Irvin the 15th pick in the draft sparked heavy criticism, primarily from draft experts who didn’t realize that Irvin had quietly become one of the hotter players on the board.  At least seven teams rated him in the top 15, and the 49ers put him through a private workout in the days preceding the draft.

The new CBA makes the process of signing draft picks considerably easier.  Irvin presumably will get what the 15th pick a year ago received, with an increase based on the increase in the rookie pool.

By rule, it will be a four-year deal with a team-held option for a fifth year.  If the option is exercised, Irvin will receive in 2016 the average salary paid to the third-highest paid defensive end, through the 25th.

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47 Responses to “Bruce Irvin becomes first first-rounder to sign”
  1. ownbay says: May 7, 2012 2:12 PM

    I think he may have needed the money.

  2. volsunghawk says: May 7, 2012 2:13 PM

    See? Irvin’s all about speed. Even when negotiating contracts.

  3. redguy12588 says: May 7, 2012 2:16 PM

    He signed so quickly because he was take whatever he was offered.

  4. dirtierwater says: May 7, 2012 2:16 PM

    They said he was fast. They’re right.

  5. rc33 says: May 7, 2012 2:17 PM

    Ahhh, signability.
    The real reason Bruce Irvin went in the 1st round.

  6. dasportsninja says: May 7, 2012 2:18 PM

    I would not want to walk into this guy in a dark alley.

  7. talkintrashallday says: May 7, 2012 2:18 PM

    Seems all players with the last name, “Irvin” are trouble…

  8. forcef1ve says: May 7, 2012 2:20 PM

    Wait, what?…the option year he’ll receive the average of the 3rd through 25th DE?! This must be a typo else the players need to get back to the bargaining table ASAP.

  9. furedmccombs says: May 7, 2012 2:23 PM

    No surprise…considering no one, including him thought he would be making 1st round $

  10. seahawks4alltime says: May 7, 2012 2:24 PM

    Welcome to Seattle. I hope to see you put pressure on the opposing teams quarterbacks.

  11. motobus says: May 7, 2012 2:25 PM

    Everyone seems to criticize this pick, but I can see the Seahawks using him in a Von Miller type role quite effectively.

  12. linvillegorge says: May 7, 2012 2:26 PM

    “Wait, what?…the option year he’ll receive the average of the 3rd through 25th DE?! This must be a typo else the players need to get back to the bargaining table ASAP.
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    Ummm… I’m pretty sure this is part of the standard 1st round pick contract under the rookie wage scale.

  13. linvillegorge says: May 7, 2012 2:27 PM

    Few rookies will see that option year. If he’s worth the pick, he’ll be extended. If he wasn’t, he’ll be cut.

  14. trollhammer20 says: May 7, 2012 2:29 PM

    Wow, no lengthy negotiations, no holdout…this new rookie wage scale is pretty sweet.

  15. realitypolice says: May 7, 2012 2:30 PM

    Again with the the dubious, unproveable, single source “7 teams had him in their top 15″ nonsense?

    I ask again, how did your “league source” get access to 7 different teams’ draft boards?

    Why would the Niners, picking 30th, have bothered working him out if he was a sure-fire top 15 pick?

    Look, I have nothing against this kid, he looks like an exciting player and I hope he is successful.

    But can we stop it with the revisionist history?

  16. dstep24 says: May 7, 2012 2:31 PM

    redguy12588 says:
    May 7, 2012 2:16 PM
    He signed so quickly because he was take whatever he was offered.

    ________________________

    Beautiful English. Bravo genius.

  17. ninerdynasty says: May 7, 2012 2:31 PM

    So, is he going to play LB or a DE? because i just dont see him pan out as a DE at 240-250lbs.. You can compare him to Aldon Smith all you want, but Aldon is about 20lbs heavier and can bull rush.. if this guy all he has is speed on the edge.. teams are just going to run right at him in that c gap.

  18. bchapman2011 says: May 7, 2012 2:33 PM

    He is still shocked that he was picked in the first round. He wanted to sign before Seattle realized what they were doing.

  19. winskins says: May 7, 2012 2:34 PM

    Hahaha! “draft experts” is right up there with “military intelligence” on my list of favorite oxymorons.

  20. wtfru2 says: May 7, 2012 2:35 PM

    He was so shocked that they took him in the first round so he figured he’d better sign before they change their mind…..

  21. shaunypoo says: May 7, 2012 2:42 PM

    “Wait, what?…the option year he’ll receive the average of the 3rd through 25th DE?! This must be a typo else the players need to get back to the bargaining table ASAP.”

    I think it is the top 10 picks that get the average of top 5/top 10 (?) money.

    And the signings should all be fast since they get what they get now with the rookie wage scale in place. Get it now or get it in 6 weeks, it is still the same amount.

    Get it now so you can draft your concussion lawsuit.

  22. sin101 says: May 7, 2012 2:43 PM

    The least worthy of a first rounder was the first to sign.He also weighs less than Von Miller and doesn’t have Dumervil playing opposite.Give me another example of a linebacker playing in a 4-3 getting all the sacks.He is way to small to play end.

  23. chipwade says: May 7, 2012 2:43 PM

    Man he is relentless when rushing the quarterback. If he doesn’t get a lot of sacks another player will with all of the attention he will generate. Watching him on tape is awesome.

    Coples looked non-explosive and Ingram was a tweener. He will be a speed rusher that makes QB’s nervous wondering if he is right behind them. Like a Jared Allen. I am hoping for very good things as a Seattle fan. Can’t wait to get him playing with the loud crowd.

  24. thankheavenfornumberseven says: May 7, 2012 2:50 PM

    He wanted to sign quickly before the Seahawks changed their mind.

  25. iknowurider72 says: May 7, 2012 2:53 PM

    hes first to sign because he still can’t believed he was picked as high as he was!

  26. wudwhlr says: May 7, 2012 3:04 PM

    Sounds to me like the experts were wrong on when he’d be picked, I was originally shocked when he was picked but like the fact he signed quickly. Hopefully he’ll be racking up sacks at the same speed. Only time will tell if he was a reach. GO HAWKS !!!

  27. thekingdave says: May 7, 2012 3:05 PM

    @rc33

    Signability isn’t a factor under this CBA broseph.

  28. whatchutalkinabouthillis says: May 7, 2012 3:13 PM

    3rd through the 25th is a good option I don’t know why the fool above me is losing it. It’s pretty much the average pay of the best player at that position for each team, so chances are its going to be pretty decent.

  29. arzcardinals says: May 7, 2012 3:14 PM

    good..he’ll need it for bail

  30. seahawks19081 says: May 7, 2012 3:22 PM

    Dopes. With the new CBA it is easy for teams to sign their picks.

  31. trollhammer20 says: May 7, 2012 3:26 PM

    ninerdynasty says:May 7, 2012 2:31 PM

    So, is he going to play LB or a DE? because i just dont see him pan out as a DE at 240-250lbs.. You can compare him to Aldon Smith all you want, but Aldon is about 20lbs heavier and can bull rush.. if this guy all he has is speed on the edge.. teams are just going to run right at him in that c gap.
    ________________________________

    Yeah, because Smith was so extensively used on run downs last year. Oh wait, my bad, he was off the field in running situations and was strictly a pass rush specialist…which is the same role Irvin will play this year.

    For the record, Chris Clemons is the current starting “LEO” defensive end for Seattle, at a whopping 255. Irvin only needs to put on ten pounds to reach that weight. In the meantime, he’ll take Raheem Brock’s role as DE pass rush specialist.

  32. chipwade says: May 7, 2012 3:33 PM

    The problem is that fans put too much faith in the draftnicks and none in the professional NFL scouts. There is a reason that the Kiper’s and the McShay’s don’t work for NFL teams.

  33. megafan81 says: May 7, 2012 3:41 PM

    He was the luckiest to be picked in the 1st round. He should sign 1st

  34. maddog111 says: May 7, 2012 3:53 PM

    chipwade says:
    May 7, 2012 3:33 PM
    The problem is that fans put too much faith in the draftnicks and none in the professional NFL scouts. There is a reason that the Kiper’s and the McShay’s don’t work for NFL teams.
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    Yeah, and those NFL guys never miss on a pick, do they?

  35. west4420 says: May 7, 2012 3:57 PM

    Here’s to hoping he continues to work hard and makes a nice life for himself.

  36. ninerdynasty says: May 7, 2012 4:04 PM

    trollhammer20 says: May 7, 2012 3:26 PM

    ninerdynasty says:May 7, 2012 2:31 PM

    So, is he going to play LB or a DE? because i just dont see him pan out as a DE at 240-250lbs.. You can compare him to Aldon Smith all you want, but Aldon is about 20lbs heavier and can bull rush.. if this guy all he has is speed on the edge.. teams are just going to run right at him in that c gap.
    ________________________________

    Yeah, because Smith was so extensively used on run downs last year. Oh wait, my bad, he was off the field in running situations and was strictly a pass rush specialist…which is the same role Irvin will play this year.

    For the record, Chris Clemons is the current starting “LEO” defensive end for Seattle, at a whopping 255. Irvin only needs to put on ten pounds to reach that weight. In the meantime, he’ll take Raheem Brock’s role as DE pass rush specialist.
    —————————————–
    Completely different situation.. the niners run a 3-4 and they were grooming Aldon to be an OLB STARTER.. are dumb or something? sehawks run that hybrid defense i get it.. but 2 our of 3 downs is a 4-3 .. where do you put him? OLD on a 4-3 is usually not a rusher, and he is too small for a DE on any type od D.

  37. erod22 says: May 7, 2012 4:08 PM

    He signed quickly before they realized he was a third-rounder.

  38. squared80 says: May 7, 2012 4:18 PM

    Irvin knows he shouldn’t have been drafted until the 3rd round… no doubt he can’t sign that contract fast enough. Carroll is such a great football mind. I mean, most people thin of value. Not Pete. 7th round potential? We got our guy in the 2nd. Undrafted? Nah, we’ll take that one in the 3rd.

  39. seahawksbmx says: May 7, 2012 4:19 PM

    “good..he’ll need it for bail”
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    I don’t think assaulting QBs is a crime if it’s done on the field.

  40. goldrush36 says: May 7, 2012 4:28 PM

    motobus says: May 7, 2012 2:25 PM

    Everyone seems to criticize this pick, but I can see the Seahawks using him in a Von Miller type role quite effectively.

    ____________________________________________

    Hmm I think you mean Aldon Smith type role because he isn’t going to be an every down OLB/DE like Von Miller was. Also Smith was used in that role because they didn’t need him to start. Smith however will be a full time player this year. Don’t get me wrong though. There’s nothing saying Irvin can’t bulk up but he certainly won’t be an every down guy for at least a few years

  41. ninerdynasty says: May 7, 2012 4:29 PM

    btw, just because clemons can play the position at 255lb doesnt mean that this kid will be able to play it at 245.. not every 6’1 200 receiver can be like Jerry Rice just because they have speed

  42. lawlok says: May 7, 2012 4:29 PM

    ninerdynasty, if Irvin is too small for a DE on any type of D, how do you explain Clemons? That’s exactly the role Irvin is going to be groomed to take over, it’s the same role Clay Matthews played in Pete’s defense.

  43. goldrush36 says: May 7, 2012 4:34 PM

    dstep24 says: May 7, 2012 2:31 PM

    redguy12588 says:
    May 7, 2012 2:16 PM
    He signed so quickly because he was take whatever he was offered.

    ________________________

    Beautiful English. Bravo genius.
    ________________________

    Says the guy with two word sentences….. just sayin.

  44. kylexitron says: May 7, 2012 4:38 PM

    as a hawks fan i cant help but laugh at all the irvin-pick hate by fans of teams who’ve drafted the likes of Jamarcus Russel, Vince Young, Matt Lienart etc. . . obviously armchair QB’s know how to evaluate talent.

  45. bubba9er says: May 7, 2012 5:04 PM

    When I was watching the Combine, this guy looked like a corner running with OG’s. Super fast. Why don’t all teams pull a SS to play “rush the passer”? Because when you are outweighed by 70 lbs on average you don’t last long in the trenches. Good luck Bruce.

  46. thegonz13 says: May 7, 2012 5:14 PM

    Considering he won the NFL’s version of PowerBall, he would have been stupid to hold out!

  47. fxws says: May 7, 2012 5:32 PM

    Completely different situation.. the niners run a 3-4 and they were grooming Aldon to be an OLB STARTER.. are dumb or something? sehawks run that hybrid defense i get it.. but 2 our of 3 downs is a 4-3 .. where do you put him? OLD on a 4-3 is usually not a rusher, and he is too small for a DE on any type od D.

    _______________

    The Broncos run a 4-3, yet they drafted Miller, a 3-4 rush backer, #2 overall last year. Miller is certainly a better overall player than Irvin, but I wouldn’t be surprised if they were able to teach him how to cover the pass to use him at OLB.

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