John Schneider says still no decision on fifth-year option for Bruce Irvin

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Seattle Seahawks general manager John Schneider said Tuesday that the team has still not decided whether to pick up the fifth-year option on linebacker Bruce Irvin.

Irvin, the 15th overall pick in the 2012 NFL Draft, has developed into a very capable starting outside linebacker over the last two seasons for the Seahawks. He would be due $7.8 million for the 2016 season if Seattle elects to pick up the option on his rookie contract. Even though Schneider said the decision has yet to be made, it seems likely that they will pick up the option before the May 3 deadline.

The option is guaranteed for injury only, meaning Seattle could still have the flexibility to move on from Irvin next year depending on their salary cap status following the expected deals for Russell Wilson and Bobby Wagner. Irvin recorded 37 tackles with 6.5 sacks and two interceptions returned for touchdowns last season.

With the draft being a week earlier this year, the deadline to pick up the option now occurs after the draft instead of before it.

Also, with Seattle trading their 2013 first-round pick to acquire Percy Harvin, trading out of the first round last year and dealing this year’s first-round pick to New Orleans for Jimmy Graham, the Seahawks won’t have to worry about a fifth-year option the next three years.

8 responses to “John Schneider says still no decision on fifth-year option for Bruce Irvin

  1. Here’s hoping the Seahawks are able to keep a player they developed from very raw football skills coming out of college and developed him into an above average OLB/DE.

  2. I remember when haters lambasted this pick in 2012. Dude immediately looked like he belonged since day one, and has rounded into a very capable jack of all trades.

  3. One of the pitfalls of drafting well is the decision on who to keep or not to keep. Glad he kept his nose clean out of WVa. I’d rather pay Wagner and certainly save my lunch money for Wilson’s contract. Should be interesting on how SEA can pay everyone.
    I wish my skins had that dilemma!

  4. An interesting dilemma. Only in his 3rd season did Irvin show he might be worth the 5th year option; he began to come on strong in 2014. I would lean towards picking it up for 2016 and assuming the risk of a season-ending injury in late 2015. If he gets outplayed this season and is still healthy, then he can be cut in 2016. It would be great to get 2 more good years out Irvin. I think they will ultimately let him walk and let someone else overpay him in 2017, although if he was truly worth it and they hadn’t drafted a better edge rusher, they might be able to pay him with Bennett, Baldwin, and likely Lynch coming off the books at that time.

  5. Seahawks just don’t have the money imho. In order to pick up the option it has to be decided on in the next two weeks.

    We need to pay Russell and Bobby and it is just a fact that not everyone can have 7-8 million. We’ll keep him for next year and let someone else pay him the big bucks.

    Feel like JS will draft a replacement this year and he’ll mature to take over next year when Irvin is gone.

    The guy is a big time wildcard anyway. Good and bad, both on the field and off. Don’t get me wrong I WANT him to stay and love me some bruce but thinking like the GM logically it’s just not going to work out I don’t think.

  6. Love Irvin’s tenacity. But, I think the Seahawks push him towards a “prove it” year to see what they are paying for. If he plays even better this year he can parlay that into a better contract than even $7.8 mill. He may be playing for another team but at least the player has options, if he continues to step up his game. And if he does step it up then maybe the Seahawks do a deal and make some cap casualties to pay for it next year. Who knows. Tough decisions all around.

  7. For $7 million. No freaking way! Did he even have a single sack last year? The only time he had sacks is when Seattle had better DL players that got traded away to Jacksonville and never heard of again.

    No way I’m even paying Irvin $5 million. Schneider has got to be much smarter than that….You got use out of him for a couple years, time to train someone whose got similar skills and smarter…Irvin doesn’t impress me one bit at the OLB position…nor does KJ Wright at LB who had a terrible terrible SB! Much needed improvements on the Seattle defense can be had all over the DL! Trade KJ Wright…can’t believe they signed him a contract extension!

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