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Seahawks know Bruce Irvin will be signing elsewhere

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Wherever linebacker Bruce Irvin signs his next contract, it won’t be in Seattle.

Per multiple league sources, the Seahawks have accepted the reality that Irvin will be going elsewhere.

Irvin has said that he’d stay in Seattle if the money is close, but the money won’t be close. Besides, even though Irvin isn’t saying it publicly, one source tells PFT that the bridge to Seattle for 2016 and beyond was burned the moment Seattle didn’t exercise the fifth-year option that would have kept Irvin under contract for the coming season.

Several teams are chasing Irvin, with the Cardinals being an unexpected (yet extremely viable) contender. The Jaguars also were expected to make a run at Irvin. Last year, after the Seahawks didn’t pick up Irvin’s option, he said that he’d be playing for the Falcons in 2016.

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61 Responses to “Seahawks know Bruce Irvin will be signing elsewhere”
  1. lastnameiswilson says: Mar 8, 2016 7:57 PM

    Bye Irvin…next man up…GO HAWKS!

  2. ReligionIsForIdiots says: Mar 8, 2016 7:57 PM

    Money over Superbowls.

  3. iceracer2015 says: Mar 8, 2016 7:59 PM

    Come to Detroit, Bruce. You and Ziggy Ansah would be a great duo.

  4. DrSteveBrule says: Mar 8, 2016 8:03 PM

    For the amount of money Irvin is going to get in free agency the Seahawks can probably pick up solid backups at defensive end and outside linebacker. Kevin Pierre-Lewis should be ready to take over the OLB role.

  5. coltzfan166 says: Mar 8, 2016 8:05 PM

    This is the one thing I hate about the NFL. Players choosing money of championships. (Hint: Malik Jackson). Like an extra few million dollars is going to mean more in your lifetime than a championship ring. SMH

  6. kahnsbushymustache says: Mar 8, 2016 8:06 PM

    All the Jaguars websites and Jacksonville residents that Irvin started following on Twitter this weekend know Bruce Irvin will be signing elsewhere too…

  7. jerranamo says: Mar 8, 2016 8:11 PM

    It’s time for the Seahawks draft picks since 2013 to start stepping up. PCSJ hit on multiple IMPACT players the three previous drafts. Since then, not so much.. some nice additions like Luke Wilson and Tyler Lockette but not where near the talent/impact level of previous draft classes.

  8. jimnaizeeum says: Mar 8, 2016 8:13 PM

    Tested positive for PED’s, as did more than a few other Seahawks

  9. osiris33 (bandwagon since 1976) says: Mar 8, 2016 8:13 PM

    This story is false. All you have to do is read Irvin’s Twitter feed to see how bad he wants to stay a Seahawk. The team just won’t over pay for him.

  10. hillbillyjim says: Mar 8, 2016 8:16 PM

    For those of you that aren’t Seattle fans, Irvin is no great loss. If you watch enough Hawk games you will always see him standing next to the pile, he’s never in it. Seattle won’t miss Bruce one bit, I feel sorry for the team that overpays for him. See ya Bruce!

  11. lasher1650 says: Mar 8, 2016 8:17 PM

    coltzfan166 says:
    Mar 8, 2016 8:05 PM
    This is the one thing I hate about the NFL. Players choosing money of championships. (Hint: Malik Jackson). Like an extra few million dollars is going to mean more in your lifetime than a championship ring. SMH_______________________________________________________________________________________________

    These are young men destroying their body for your amusement who many are destined to a lifetime of disability and pain yet you have the audacity to say that once they earn the right to decide where they want to play (be it money or any other reason) this makes you “hate” NFL players? Then stop watching sports altogether – this isn’t an NFL phenomenon.

    I have an idea – become one of the best 1% in the world at what you do for a living and then let someone “hate” you for not working for the company in which they choose to invest in their stock portfolio.

  12. bullogne says: Mar 8, 2016 8:17 PM

    Jacksonville planning on offering 5 years $300 million.

    Hey, they have plenty of cap space!

  13. jagsfan1 says: Mar 8, 2016 8:17 PM

    If he goes to Jville he will be better than what we have but he ain’t all that…

  14. joedirte says: Mar 8, 2016 8:19 PM

    Jacksonville vs Atlanta usually I would pick Atlanta. But Jacksonville has a chance to be a better team in a much easier division plus they can pay mote. And no state income tax.

  15. bigbluefandom says: Mar 8, 2016 8:20 PM

    For everyone posting here money over Super Bowl… here is what you can do. Go to your work and announce you will take less money so that your company can maximize their profit. Football players have limited earning spectrum… all of them should maximize their earning potential.

  16. coltzfan166 says: Mar 8, 2016 8:20 PM

    *money over championships

  17. theweedsthruthetrees says: Mar 8, 2016 8:21 PM

    Bummer. Great player. We’ll be fine. #GoHawks

  18. joedirte says: Mar 8, 2016 8:21 PM

    More

  19. tylerh256 says: Mar 8, 2016 8:22 PM

    Coming from a hawks fan I don’t see why everyone is so interested in picking him up. He never really did much for us. I really don’t think losing him will make or break the team. He seems easily replacable.

  20. theweedsthruthetrees says: Mar 8, 2016 8:23 PM

    coltzfan166 says:
    Mar 8, 2016 8:05 PM
    This is the one thing I hate about the NFL. Players choosing money of championships. (Hint: Malik Jackson). Like an extra few million dollars is going to mean more in your lifetime than a championship ring. SMH
    __________________________________

    He already has a Super Bowl ring, genius.

  21. jagstrucker says: Mar 8, 2016 8:25 PM

    coltzfan166 says:
    Mar 8, 2016 8:05 PM
    This is the one thing I hate about the NFL. Players choosing money of championships. (Hint: Malik Jackson). Like an extra few million dollars is going to mean more in your lifetime than a championship ring. SMH

    Maybe it’s because you’re not the one with the “extra few MILLION dollars” on the line is way you feel that way. You also mentioned Malik Jackson so that tells me you’re just h8er. #DTWD

  22. absodefinitely says: Mar 8, 2016 8:26 PM

    coltzfan166 says:
    Mar 8, 2016 8:05 PM

    This is the one thing I hate about the NFL. Players choosing money of championships. (Hint: Malik Jackson). Like an extra few million dollars is going to mean more in your lifetime than a championship ring. SMH
    —————————————————————-
    Seattle isn’t guaranteed anything. They didn’t make it to the SB this year and probably won’t make it there next year. What if he takes that discount and blows out his knee? What logical person wouldn’t want to maximize their earning potential in the prime of their career in a sport where longevity isn’t guaranteed. The time to earn the big paycheck is finite. Seattle should have exercised the 5th year option if they really wanted to keep him and then they could have worked out a long-term contract if and when they chose to. Keep shaking your head, you don’t get the reality that sports is a business.

  23. insightfulcomments says: Mar 8, 2016 8:34 PM

    The hawks won this relationship. The next team will lose.

  24. r502 says: Mar 8, 2016 8:35 PM

    Seahag fan needs to face facts: team depth has been stripped away by the rest of the league. No one is staying in Seattle to play out their second contract for less than market price out of loyalty to good time Pete. Ask Bennet and Chancellor how they feel about that.
    Seattle paid Wagner, Wright, Sherman, Thomas and Wilson the big bucks for good reason, those guys are really good. Those guys need good help, Seattle has very little left behind them any longer.
    There is just not enough cap room to go around to pay the big bucks to everyone.
    Best fix that sieve of an offensive line though, Wilson is going to get killed and anyone not named Lynch is not going to find a lot of room next year by the looks of that group.

  25. mindset839 says: Mar 8, 2016 8:42 PM

    Everybody that is hating on these guys for leaving “championship caliber” clubs to play for the Jags needs to realize two things. The first is that NFL careers are short and most players get only one shot at a big contract. For the sake of their futures they need to cash in. Secondly what guarantee is there tgat Seattle and Denver will be championship caliber clubs? Hell the Broncos don’t even have a QB! At least they are going to a franchise trying to get better while leaving clubs trying to hold it together. Let these guys do what’s right for them without all the hate.

  26. ariani1985 says: Mar 8, 2016 8:43 PM

    But the 12th turd said he would play for the league minimum to stay with the one year dynasty!

  27. blackula72 says: Mar 8, 2016 8:43 PM

    I just hope he doesn’t sign with the cardinals.

  28. misterpositivity says: Mar 8, 2016 8:45 PM

    Awkward that I’m the first to make the, “rats leaving a sinking ship”, but SEA is looking at a bare cupboard on D for the foreseeable future. And that’s really all they have…

    Not that their fanbase will notice, given that SEA has been relevant 2 out of their 41 years of existence.

  29. theweedsthruthetrees says: Mar 8, 2016 8:45 PM

    Best fix that sieve of an offensive line though, Wilson is going to get killed and anyone not named Lynch is not going to find a lot of room next year by the looks of that group.

    ___________________________________

    Clearly you didn’t watch many Seahawks games last year.

  30. belgaron says: Mar 8, 2016 8:54 PM

    r502 says:
    Mar 8, 2016 8:35 PM

    ….There is just not enough cap room

    ————————————

    This hasn’t been the issue. Most of the guys that signed big elsewhere haven’t fared that well and are being released or traded before the second year of their payday contracts (Tate being the exception). They played better in Seattle than after.

    Irvin is an exceptional athlete and decent LB, but most of his sacks came against backups–he’s not a monster pass rush threat. If a team thinks that’s what they are getting, they will sign him to a big contract and look to dump him after a year.

  31. 206townbiz says: Mar 8, 2016 8:54 PM

    I hate to see him go. Those type of freak athletes don’tT grow on tree’s. He did a lot that didn’t necessarily show up on the stat sheets. He consistently set the edge so guys like Kam and Bwags could rack up TFL’s and could cover backs down field and in the flat. He’s even fast enough to cover some WR’S. Remember he’d had only been playing that backer position for a couple year’s. He’ll be missed….

  32. squackduckhawk says: Mar 8, 2016 8:55 PM

    I will miss Irvin more on Madden than on Sundays. The cap space would be better spent re-signing Kearse and some O-line talent. To fill the vacancy left by Irvin, I would like to see Morgan grow into his Big Boy Pants this season.

  33. oreo51 says: Mar 8, 2016 8:56 PM

    Chip Kelley is offering him $50 million per year to come to Santa Clara. The Chipper wants to stick it to his old nemesis, Pete Carroll, one more time.

  34. whenwilliteverend says: Mar 8, 2016 8:56 PM

    I don’t have any problems with players chasing the money since they generally have a relatively short shelf-life. I just don’t want to hear about them whining about losing or turning into Mike Wallace.

    Maybe I wouldn’t make a good NFL GM but I wouldn’t overpay for players like this (and Malik Jackson and Mario Williams). Sure, they’re good but more often than not when you give someone a huge contract like that you end up with an Albert Haynesworth or Mike Wallace. I’d rather build through the draft and plug holes with mid-tier free agents but I’d probably never go after a high-priced one. Teams like the Steelers and Seahawks rarely offer big contracts to their free agents (except for QBs–rightly so). The Patriots are another example. I think the Saints had some good luck with signing undrafted free agents also. There’s enough talent out there without destroying your cap space. That’s why I think the salary cap makes things interesting.

  35. squackduckhawk says: Mar 8, 2016 8:59 PM

    Mr Positivity, our defense was still number 1 in scoring for the 3rd year in a row, and Irvin didn’t have a whole lot to do with it. Hawks will be just fine despite your “positivity.”

  36. curmudgeon13 says: Mar 8, 2016 8:59 PM

    So many Mensa members commenting at PFT…..

  37. myhawks1976 says: Mar 8, 2016 9:11 PM

    Love the Hawk hate. Two most hated on teams? Hawks and Pats! Why? We win….

    Keep it coming kiddos.

  38. flybono24 says: Mar 8, 2016 9:12 PM

    Signing with the RAIDERS, per sources.

    next up, Doug Martin.

    Raiders are looking a lot better in 2016.

  39. hawkstradamus says: Mar 8, 2016 9:12 PM

    He’s more of a screen stopper than an edge pass rusher and an apron gate as a down lineman in the run game.

  40. mball13 says: Mar 8, 2016 9:14 PM

    @osiris33. Signing with Oakland tomorrow. Sorrrrrrry. Raider Nation!!!!

  41. higheriqthanyou says: Mar 8, 2016 9:14 PM

    Besides, even though Irvin isn’t saying it publicly, one source tells PFT that the bridge to Seattle for 2016 and beyond was burned the moment Seattle didn’t exercise the fifth-year option that would have kept Irvin under contract for the coming season.
    =======================

    Yes, if the bridge is burned you normally come out multiple times and say you’ll accept less to remain with the best organization in football.

    LOL

    “One source”

    LOL

  42. silvernblackpride says: Mar 8, 2016 9:15 PM

    WELCOME TO THE RAIDERSSSSSS

    IRVIN AND MACK PASS RUSH !!!

    RAIDERS
    ROCK
    2016

    JUST WIN BABY!!!

  43. raiderrob21 says: Mar 8, 2016 9:18 PM

    Welcome to RAIDER NATION BRUCE!

  44. hansolo627 says: Mar 8, 2016 9:39 PM

    He made the right choice Jacksonville or OAKLAND its a no Brainer. I guess Bruce JUST WANTED TO WIN BABY!!!!
    We are the first original and only nation in pro sports #RaiderNation

  45. tigershark0052 says: Mar 8, 2016 9:53 PM

    The Raiders will win, with his PED collection and all!

  46. vicnocal says: Mar 8, 2016 9:56 PM

    Why wouldnt the Seahawks pick up his 5th year option? How much would that cost them?

  47. jaxon51 says: Mar 8, 2016 9:58 PM

    Reuniting with Ken Norton…..good luck in Oakland to him, they are gonna make a run at Denver and rest of AFC West

  48. racerx1225 says: Mar 8, 2016 10:01 PM

    Malcolm Smith and Bruce Irvin follow Norton. Sweet!

    And in November we get Aldon Smith Back.

    Oakland wins the West with Peyton retiring.

    With Osemele and Irvin, the Oakland Raiders just became contenders and they are still shopping. Eric Weddle and Sean Smith could be next and then we have the draft and the Raiders have had awesome drafts the past couple years.

  49. iseek11 says: Mar 8, 2016 10:05 PM

    myhawks1976 says:
    Mar 8, 2016 9:11 PM
    Love the Hawk hate. Two most hated on teams? Hawks and Pats! Why? We win….

    Keep it coming kiddos.
    __________________________
    Broncos fan here.

    People hate the Patriots because they’ve been so good for so long. But with questionable methods, smugness, and a dour coach.

    People hate the Seahawks because the players and especially their fanbase think they’re on the same level as the Patriots because of a couple good years.

    As far as winning. Patriots again were division champions and tied for best record in conference. Seattle squeaked by the wild card round and were down 31-0 in division round before they took a breath.

    Seahawk fans have been acting like they can keep losing starters and keep on chugging. three years ago you were dominant. Then you cut ties with Clemons, Bryant, Thurmond, and Browner, etc.

    Two years ago you were streaky with injury to Wagner, but due to injuries to GB and Arizona you got home field and rode it to Super Bowl, only to choke away a 10 pt lead in the 4th qtr. Then you cut ties with O-linemen, Maxwell, etc.

    Last year you were even streakier, not getting over .500 til your 11 th game. You want everyone to pay attention to a great 5 game streak and act like everything else doesn’t matter. Meanwhile you were a wild card who lost on the road not even in the Championship game.

    Now you will lose Irvin, Okung, Kearse, etc. But you talk like “next man up” has worked for you. It hasn’t. Thats why people hate Seahawks snd their fans. You’ve been around 40 years. You’ve been to 3 Super Bowls ever, and have one ring. That’s all you are.

    Next year? We’ll see.

  50. rainponcho87 says: Mar 8, 2016 10:15 PM

    Thats why people hate Seahawks snd their fans. You’ve been around 40 years. You’ve been to 3 Super Bowls ever, and have one ring. That’s all you are.

    ———-
    Wow, never seen it put better.

  51. radrntn says: Mar 8, 2016 10:16 PM

    end of the day the simple fact remains…It’s a business. The rookie terms of the CBA favors the teams. The 2nd contract it’s all about the money for the players and their agents….nothing wrong with that…it’s just the way it is these days.

  52. alphabeta49er says: Mar 8, 2016 10:21 PM

    I can’t stand how these guys exercise their right to go wherever they want and make as much money as possible! Whatever happened to loyalty? Yours, James Henry Hammond

  53. codythao35 says: Mar 8, 2016 10:28 PM

    Raiders is where players go to die.

  54. seatownballers says: Mar 8, 2016 10:29 PM

    Congrats Oakland

  55. shlort says: Mar 8, 2016 10:37 PM

    Jerranamo, playoff teams pick later in the rounds. Less talent available. It is a sign of good management if a team can stay competitive every year. Seattle has done decent over the past few years. The quality of the management will show if they can maintain a winning franchise while suffering with later picks. It is not impossible and Schneider is pretty good at getting talent on the team.

  56. raidermark says: Mar 9, 2016 12:34 AM

    He’s already a Raider baby!

  57. hawkstradamus says: Mar 9, 2016 2:03 AM

    He’s been spending Russell Wilsons money for years, it’s time for someone else to pick up the bill.

  58. jayhawk777 says: Mar 9, 2016 7:00 AM

    Seattle has been pretty solid since 2005, not for a couple of years. Who has played better ball since 2005? Results?

    Been to 3 SB’s & hoisting 1 Lombardi ( vs Pitt = ridiculous & a 1 yd Lynch hand off & the franchise would start accumulating)

    playoffs in 8 of the past 11 years.

    Past 6 years with Pete & JOhn, have been to the playoffs 5 times & won a game each trip. 3 divisionals & 2 SB appearances.

    #1 Fewest points allowed Defense 4 years running. Hasn’t been accomplished since the 50’s.

    It really comes down to Pete’s bonehead call, 1 play, that has lessened the outstanding football being played in the PNW. Back to Back SB trips is difficult in the FA CAP era.

    Of 32 NFL teams, so many haven’t even won or been to a playoff game since 2005. The 90’s were bad, the 80’s were o.k. 4 playoff trips & 1 AFCCG losing to the eventual SB Champion Raiders, who SEattle beat twice in the regular season.

    What franchises have played as well as Seattle has since 2005? Heck, NE was fortunate to win their 1st SB since 2004. 1st since 2004 on a bonehead Hawk call.

    Who has played better than the Hawks? Whom? When you really analyze it, very few… 2? 3? Maybe of 32 teams…

  59. jmethane says: Mar 9, 2016 7:29 AM

    Thats why people hate Seahawks snd their fans. You’ve been around 40 years. You’ve been to 3 Super Bowls ever, and have one ring. That’s all you are..

    —–

    All three since 2005 so in the last 10 years they have indeed been one of the best football organizations in the league. Ever since Paul Allen took over.

    Thoroughly dominated your team in Super Bowl 48 so I understand the salt.

  60. nookers says: Mar 9, 2016 8:08 AM

    Please Buffalo, sign him.

  61. RegisHawk says: Mar 9, 2016 10:24 AM

    You’ve been to 3 Super Bowls ever, and have one ring.

    Could be worse…we could have lost our first 4 SB appearances.

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