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Report: Cardinals interested in Bruce Irvin

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The Cardinals and Seahawks will do battle in the NFC West again in 2016 and the Cardinals may try to improve their chances by signing linebacker Bruce Irvin as a free agent.

Ian Rapoport of NFL Media and Kent Somers of the Arizona Republic both report that Arizona is interested in adding Irvin to their defense when free agency opens on Wednesday. Rapoport adds that the Falcons and Jaguars, each with a former Seahawks defensive coordinator as their head coach, also have “clear interest” in Irvin.

The Cardinals have made it clear that upping the productivity of the pass rush is a top priority of the offseason. Irvin had 22 sacks in four years with the Seahawks and said he’s open to staying in Seattle “if the money was close,” but it’s probably less likely to happen if there’s as much interest in his services as it appears there will be.

Somers reports that Rams defensive end William Hayes is also on the Cardinals’ radar. Hayes had 21.5 sacks for the Rams while starting 20 games over the last four seasons.

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20 Responses to “Report: Cardinals interested in Bruce Irvin”
  1. hawksfanallday says: Mar 7, 2016 3:02 PM

    lol nice try cards. id be shocked if he left for someone in division. He loves seahawks too much for that.

  2. Drunk Uncle says: Mar 7, 2016 3:04 PM

    I presume he values money over win/loss record, so I suspect he will head to Jacksonville. That being said, Jacksonville also has a great chance to make the playoffs next season.

  3. fumblenuts says: Mar 7, 2016 3:06 PM

    It most likely will be Jags or Falcons….small chance he returns to the Seahawks. But NO WAY is he going to the Cards….mark it.

  4. niners816 says: Mar 7, 2016 3:12 PM

    hawksfanallday says:
    Mar 7, 2016 3:02 PM
    lol nice try cards. id be shocked if he left for someone in division. He loves seahawks too much for that.
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    Loves the Seahawks so much that last year he told everyone he wanted to play for the Falcons? You mean that kind of love? Seahawks “fans”…..I have no words.

  5. Drunk Uncle says: Mar 7, 2016 3:29 PM

    Another sign of the Seahawks’ rapidly declining cap space. They will be in even worse shape a year from now

  6. pastanow says: Mar 7, 2016 3:36 PM

    Better chance of winning with the Cardinals than signing with the Falcons.

  7. shotgunnoblitz says: Mar 7, 2016 3:41 PM

    I recall him saying just last year that he absolutely hates the cardinals. Might have been someone else or a different divisional rival though, kinda hazy on it. But he wont go to the cards unless they overpay. He will end up a jag or falcon, with deference to the falcons unless he accepts 7-8 million from the hawks while turning his nose up at 9-10 from someone else.

  8. jshawaii22 says: Mar 7, 2016 4:01 PM

    Wait… this can’t be! According to Mel Kiper he was the worst draft pick the Seahawks ever made, just like Bobby Wagner in the second and that midget Russell Wilson in the third. All reaches, all wasted picks…

    According to Mel….

  9. yyc2phx says: Mar 7, 2016 4:04 PM

    Money talks….. He hates the Cards and every other team until payday Wednesday!

  10. TacomaHawk says: Mar 7, 2016 4:22 PM

    He’s a tremendous athlete, and a good situational pass rusher, but not really a full time DE. Can’t say I’m scared of the prospect of the Hawks facing him, but then with their OL he could look like an all pro….

  11. colt13 says: Mar 7, 2016 5:00 PM

    Arians has a type. Used an aging Abraham, then Freeney well. Irvin fits right in.

  12. arzcardinals says: Mar 7, 2016 5:09 PM

    As a Cards season ticket holder…I’d like to have him.

  13. PFT-made-me-change-my-handle says: Mar 7, 2016 5:14 PM

    Would be an upgrade… for him.

  14. beastmode5150 says: Mar 7, 2016 6:09 PM

    He’s a tremendous athlete, and a good situational pass rusher, but not really a full time DE. Can’t say I’m scared of the prospect of the Hawks facing him, but then with their OL he could look like an all pro….
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    Well good since he isn’t a DE.

  15. hawksfanallday says: Mar 7, 2016 6:34 PM

    @niner816 I meant as in loves them enough to not go to division rival not as in he wouldn’t leave for money you idiot. Hes a tremendous player so of course he would leave if money is great like Tate and maxwell. Obviously he stated he would want to go to Falcons but you were too focused on trying to bash a Seahawk fan. That’s all you niner fans focus on anyways. If you knew anything about Seahawks we play off emotion and are very emotional team and I don’t think anybody has left to division rival besides red Bryant that was of some significance recently.

  16. red2616 says: Mar 7, 2016 6:41 PM

    hawksfanallday: like its never happened before? Remember Favre & the Jett’s, To get to the Vikes? LMFAO like Seahawk players are so special. Also he wants to go with #1 the money and a close 2 the team with a better chance of winning. Nice try in know what your players think. He could be using it to get more $ from Hawks which is fine with me. As A Cards player I think there is better and young out there for less money.

  17. pdway says: Mar 7, 2016 9:29 PM

    well – – I’d rather he go somewhere other than our main rivals . . .he’s a solid starter. this time of year can be a real drag.

  18. theuglitruth says: Mar 8, 2016 5:12 PM

    TacomaHawk says:
    Mar 7, 2016 4:22 PM

    beastmode5150 says:
    Mar 7, 2016 6:09 PM

    He’s a tremendous athlete, and a good situational pass rusher, but not really a full time DE. Can’t say I’m scared of the prospect of the Hawks facing him, but then with their OL he could look like an all pro….
    ——–
    Well good since he isn’t a DE.
    ——-

    Cardinals are not looking for a DE, their looking for a OLB. He’s a good fit for that position. Hawks run a 43, cards 34.

    Can’t talk trash effectively if you don’t even know the schemes teams run!

  19. red2616 says: Mar 8, 2016 5:31 PM

    I like it just to tick off Seattle fans. Nothing more.

  20. red2616 says: Mar 8, 2016 5:37 PM

    LOL Seahawk fans “not scared of facing Irvin? Really? What else have you lied about today. Not just the player but what he brings, knowledge, schemes, players general tendencies, Pete Carroll’s ideas. etc. But Seattle is DONE. Their 10 year Dynasty was 1 year stretched to two because of injury to Cards, Rams,Eaglkes, Etc. Go look up your wins and the QB the Seahawks faced for that win. If you do you will realize ANY TEAM in that position with that a hedual would have ended exactly the same in the SB against the Patriots. The hurt players, the .500 teams. The teams they didn’t play that had major injuries that effected the Seahawks.

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