Report: Bruce Irvin plans to play in Atlanta next year

AP

There’s been talk for weeks that Seahawks pass rusher Bruce Irvin could end up in Atlanta. Irvin is doing nothing to silence that talk.

Irvin, who is from Atlanta, was quoted by Black Sports Online as saying that he wants to go to the Falcons after 2015, which is the final year on his rookie contract with the Seahawks.

“I’m going to be in Atlanta next season. I’m ready,” Irvin said. “Atlanta is where I want to be. Believe that.”

Irvin has previously been quiet about the reports that he could end up in Atlanta, but he was at last night’s Atlanta Hawks game and re-tweeted a tweet from the Black Sports Online writer he spoke with, so he’s not exactly hiding his interest in the Falcons. New Falcons coach Dan Quinn was the Seahawks’ defensive coordinator the last two years and has a good relationship with Irvin.

The Seahawks declined to pick up the fifth-year option on Irvin’s contract, so he’s slated to become a free agent in 10 months. If there’s mutual interest between the Falcons and Irvin, it might make sense for the Seahawks and Falcons to work out a trade. Even if, for now, the Seahawks are insisting that they expect Irvin to stay in Seattle.

45 responses to “Report: Bruce Irvin plans to play in Atlanta next year

  1. Good news. Hopefully he plays his butt off in hoping for a big contract. Seattle can’t afford him much longer, and Clark has been drafted to replace him already.

  2. Well I think it’s pretty safe to say his Hawks team mates will have zero respect for him this year.

  3. Good for Bruce. I don’t hate him for wanting to go home. Seattle’s defense is Pete Carroll’s baby, not Quinn’s. Will be interesting to see how he dies in ATL

  4. With Kevin Pierre-Louis stepping up and Eric Pinkins switching from SS to OLB the Hawks can easily replace him. It may be time to cash in on a draft pick and let him go early.

  5. Actually it makes no sense to make a trade from either side. Seattle is in ‘win now’ mode and a draft pick or two won’t help them now. Plus, since Atlanta knows he’s coming next year and they’re not ready to compete for the big prize this year with or without him, why give up anything in terms of picks, when you can land him as a UFA in the offseason?

  6. Whoa! This is truly shocking. I have only followed football for a couple of years and was under the impression all Seahawks players played strictly for their love and devotion to the 12’s.

  7. For a guy who runs his mouth so much one would think he avgs double digit sacks a year. Not the pathetic 5.5. Great representation of Seattle.

  8. He’s a dummy. Not cuz he wants to be a Falcon, thats fine. Just some of the stuff he does and says leads me to believe he’s not smart. The “adderall” off season positive test, and he comes back about 15 pounds more muscular, we all know he roided up. The tweet about getting a DUI on April fools. Throwing people under the bus after the Super Bowl loss. He’s the guy who spends way too much time in the principles office if you know what I’m sayin’.

  9. I guess this moron forgot that he’s a 1st round draft pick and that if Seattle wants to get petty, since he is running his mouth like this. They can pick up his 5th year option.

  10. I don’t think the Seahawks will stop you since you’ve kind of been underwhelming. The question is why would the Falcons exactly want him besides Quinn being there?

  11. Since you won’t stop running your mouth, I would trade him to the titans. see how he likes that….

  12. Trade him. He’s an alright defensive end and an alright linebacker. He couldn’t generate any pressure in the Super Bowl after Avril went down and the Hawks needed him most. Plus, he doesn’t play on special teams and has a bad attitude.

  13. Gotta the modern pro-athete. Don’t even bother pretending you care, or that you have any awareness of what is couth and why we actually root for sports teams.

    His actions degrade the sport for everyone, incuding himself.

  14. bman69 says:
    May 14, 2015 12:16 PM
    Since you won’t stop running your mouth, I would trade him to the titans. see how he likes that….

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    Plus, you get a high value draft pick from the lowly Titans. Sounds like a great idea.

  15. Why trade? Let him play this year and then get a compensatory pick when he signs elsewhere next season.

    With guys like Wilson, Wagner, and even JR Sweezy coming out of the same 2012 draft class, it’s pretty easy to see why Irvin will be allowed to leave. Not enough cap room to keep everyone.

  16. His only leverage is to have a stellar performance this year.

    The Falcons don’t want to pay him as much as possible.

  17. what a stupid thing to say, and the wrong time to be saying it. it’s a shame, he’s developed into a solid starter for a very good defense. just not worth that 5th year built in salary amount.

  18. If Seattle trades him to Atlanta, that would hurt in the short run, but not if they were to lose him next season anyway. I would see that as a win/win if they got a draft pick (3rd or 4th) for him. If they don’t work out a trade for him that will require Irvin play “lights out” in order to get a good FA contract. I am okay with that as we all know that the Seahawks have to cut/not sign a few players next year to accommodate the cap space that signing Wagner and Russell will require.

    I don’t think this has to get bitter for either camp and see the future bright for both sides.

  19. Irvin would rather play of a team that will be lucky to win 8 in the next few seasons over a perennial contender and the only team willing to take a chance in the draft on a player that used to be a violent drug dealer?

  20. “Actually it makes no sense to make a trade from either side. Seattle is in ‘win now’ mode”

    Wrong

    Seattle is in win forever mode.

  21. “Seattle, trade his ass to Jacksonville!!!!

    They need a pass rusher and he deserves to be with a loser!!!”

    I agree they should ship him off to a team he doesn’t want to play on, except his contract expires at the end of the season so their is nothing anyone can do to stop him from being a FA.

    That said, it is not like Atlanta is a contender for anything more than a 7-8 win season.

    It always amazes me how players are content playing for bad teams. Like Watt resigning with the Texans, or anyone signing with the Browns or Raiders.

  22. I have a hard time believing he could really be dumb enough to say something like that. But, as a Seahawk fan, I love this. He’s a decent player, good, not great and hasn’t lived up to where he was drafted. And obviously dumb as a brick. He just killed any negotiating leverage he could’ve potentially had. Now Atlanta knows they can low ball him, especially if he doesn’t play well this year. So the advantage for the Seahawks is that he has to play lights out this year in order for Atlanta to even want him and then for them to be willing to pay him what he thinks he’s worth. Awesome, have a killer year for us, leave, we get the compensatory pick and everybody’s happy. Except his agent.

    Besides, we just drafted his replacement and converted a very talented player from safety to play his position. Both are likely going to be better than Irvin AND not commit as many stupid penalties as he does. This is hilarious.

  23. I hope Bruce Reads this (he actually might) Bruce, don’t let the door hit your arse on the way out. We try and provide you the best of everything, drafting you above where everyone else would, putting you in best position to succeed, best fans, one of the best places to live and raise children in the country, etc, etc. You then pull this crap. See ya man, good luck making a bit more money, playing for a garbage team and living in freaking Georgia.

    -Hawks fans

  24. Is this the same guy that Gronk steamrolled in the Super Bowl? Who’s says Atlanta will want you? You looked pathetic getting up and then backpedalling when Gronk came your way……… lol, lot of talk from a roll player.

  25. I love the faux outrage and hurt feelings from this guy. He feels disrespected by the only team willing to draft him as high as he was and the team that has paid him $12 million to be a situational pass-rusher of slightly above mediocre abilities. That same team declined the absurdly high fifth year option but said they want to negotiate a long-term deal with him that will pay more than that one year…and he feels disrespected?

    His quote that he will “get through this adversity” is precious. If only all of us dealt with such adversity in life.

  26. Players are not usually fans of the teams they play on. Seattle not offering the guy more money is a mistake if they wanted to keep him. Seattle really can’t afford to pay him a whole bunch of money, but could have offered a deal to the guy. Maybe he sees the writing on the wall and knows Seattle is on the downslide. Either way, who really cares? Dude isn’t as impressive as where he was drafted.

  27. I hope Bruce Reads this (he actually might) Bruce, don’t let the door hit your arse on the way out. We try and provide you the best of everything, drafting you above where everyone else would, putting you in best position to succeed, best fans, one of the best places to live and raise children in the country, etc, etc. You then pull this crap. See ya man, good luck making a bit more money, playing for a garbage team and living in freaking Georgia.

    -Hawks fans
    __________
    There is a 0% chance he reads that.

  28. thetruth49 says:
    May 14, 2015 11:12 AM
    Whoa! This is truly shocking. I have only followed football for a couple of years and was under the impression all Seahawks players played strictly for their love and devotion to the 12’s.
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    Although there is a very close bond between the 12s and our players, Irvin is a bit unique because he was a 1st rounder who was very grateful for the opportunity the Seahawks gave him. Remember, the draft pick was highly criticized at the time due to his off field behaviors. He’s done well, don’t get me wrong, and he deserves to be compensated, but to show this level of classlessness with a year to go on that rookie contract is not endearing him in anyway to the 12s! Go Hawks!

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