Bruce Irvin: Steelers and Patriots offered more, but Atlanta is home

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Bruce Irvin says he prioritized playing for his hometown team over getting the most money when he signed with the Falcons this morning.

Irvin said the Patriots and Steelers both offered him more money than the Falcons did, but only the Falcons could offer him the opportunity to play at home.

“This was a dream [come] true. The Patriots and Steelers offered more money, but being able to play for my city and my people, you just can’t put a price on that,” Irvin told Vaughn McClure of ESPN.

Irvin was born in Atlanta and lived his whole childhood in Georgia before playing his college football at West Virginia. He’s played his entire NFL career far from home, in Seattle and Oakland, but he has said in the past that he wants to play in Atlanta. Now he will.

71 responses to “Bruce Irvin: Steelers and Patriots offered more, but Atlanta is home

  1. “Irvin said the Patriots and Steelers both offered him more money than the Falcons did, but only the Falcons could offer him the opportunity to play at home.”

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    Considering Irvin’s below-average skills, I have serious doubts about the truth of this. Although I doubt that New England & Pittsburgh are going to waste their time in disputing Irvin’s fantasies.

  2. If he wanted to lie, he would not have named specific teams and instead pulled the Gregg Williams “I had tons of offers” routine.

    So I think Pitt and NE did pursue him and make offers.

  3. Isn’t he getting termination pay from the Raiders anyways so the whole money thing is kind of a wash?

  4. When he went through waivers in the PFT post yesterday many of you were calling for him to sign with the Pats. Now that he didn’t you guys are now arguing that there’s no way they offered him more money? Haha, you guys are so predictable.

  5. It’s always cool to read stories about players getting a chance to play in their hometowns. Irvin is revered in Atlanta and he still comes back and does many things for his community. Had an extremely rough upbringing, but made it out and became a success story.

  6. I call BS on his claiming Pats opened their coffers to him – the media (as ever) sure TALKED a lot about the Pats being a potential home for him, but Pats’ Football Weekly said Irvin would be very unlikely as he’d be too one-dimensional and too expensive. And there’s been no actual sightings or news at all coming out of NE. Also, Pats just signed two cheap guys (ex-Raider Obi Melifonwu, & ex-Raven Albert McClellan) because the cap space is an issue and they need value for money.

  7. SO, he turned down more money and the chance to be a playoff team, to be closer to home. I question the motivation of this guy.

  8. terripet says:
    November 7, 2018 at 9:38 am
    Probably didn’t want to cheat

    3 6 Rate This
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    pumped in crowd noise: Atlanta and Indy.

  9. When he went through waivers in the PFT post yesterday many of you were calling for him to sign with the Pats. Now that he didn’t you guys are now arguing that there’s no way they offered him more money? Haha, you guys are so predictable.

    The Pats fanboys act just like Trump….lie, distract, deny,lie, and of course lie some more.

    Doubt the Steelers were up for him.

  10. Good for him. Everyone should strive to live out their dreams. Sadly, about 99% of you that read this aren’t doing so. This site is rife with jealous little haters. Move on people. Do something with your lives.

  11. terripet says:
    November 7, 2018 at 9:38 am
    Probably didn’t want to cheat
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    So why did he agree to sign with the Falcons who were fined and lost a draft picking due to their pumping in crowd noise cheating?

    For the record, I think it is great he wants to play for his hometown team, even if though they were punished for cheating.

  12. carloswlassiter says:
    November 7, 2018 at 9:38 am
    If he wanted to lie, he would not have named specific teams and instead pulled the Gregg Williams “I had tons of offers” routine.

    So I think Pitt and NE did pursue him and make offers.

    9 2 Rate This

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    sure. sure

    and goodell
    doesn’t cheat, too

    ne kicks the tires on almost everyone but it doesn’t mean any numbers were dicussed

    and pitt is in a major cap hell with bell

    he
    wants the easy road and most money for ego and likely did not want conforn to team goals with the pats

    ne just signed to front 7 players and he would have played sparingly

  13. playing for his home team vs playing for a superbowl contender gives insight into his motivation to win —–Atlanta will not be a playoff team this year and Irvin isn’t getting any younger

  14. I’d buy that the Steelers and Patriots both made offers, but neither team would be throwing much cash at a situational sub at this point in the season. Likely all three teams offered whatever the pro-rated veteran minimum would be. Maybe the other teams offered some performance-based incentives.
    Whatever. He’ll probably get more playing time in Atlanta, but also a have smaller chance of reaching the playoffs.

  15. carloswlassiter says:
    November 7, 2018 at 9:38 am
    If he wanted to lie, he would not have named specific teams and instead pulled the Gregg Williams “I had tons of offers” routine.

    So I think Pitt and NE did pursue him and make offers.

    9 2 Rate This

    Irvin’s iq is low
    and would have only been a strategic player

    i don’t know any educated pats fan that would be pining for old man irvin at lb

  16. savethebs says:
    November 7, 2018 at 9:38 am
    When he went through waivers in the PFT post yesterday many of you were calling for him to sign with the Pats. Now that he didn’t you guys are now arguing that there’s no way they offered him more money? Haha, you guys are so predictable.

    So you may have read 1 or 2 comments that may have said that
    And now it’s all are predictable???? Ha ha ???

  17. The big thing that the Patriots offer is a chance to play for a ring. He has one. Atlanta is a good (not great) team. Money is not an issue so play where you want, Bruce. Playing at home is a good thing. If he is well respected in Atlanta and active there, more power to him. –Pats fan.

  18. Nofoolnodrool says:
    November 7, 2018 at 9:47 am

    The Pats fanboys act just like Trump….lie, distract, deny,lie, and of course lie some more.

    Doubt the Steelers were up for him.
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    PFT’s liar in chief and resident stolen valor troll calling out Pats fans who doubt their team was interested then saying he doubts his team was….priceless.

  19. Well, there is more then there is “significantly” more. If ATL offered $1.5M and NE offered $1.8M, and ATL is your dream team, then yeah, I would probably take ATLs offer as well. But if NE offered $4M while ATL offered $1.5, nah, bruh… you and everyone else would take the NE offer.

  20. .
    If he wanted to go home to Atlanta, he should have done it in the offseason. He could have benefitted from strong, high visibility postseason and parlayed that into a more lucrative contract with the Falcons.
    .

  21. dartmouthstevens says:
    November 7, 2018 at 9:56 am
    The big thing that the Patriots offer is a chance to play for a ring. He has one. Atlanta is a good (not great) team. Money is not an issue so play where you want, Bruce. Playing at home is a good thing. If he is well respected in Atlanta and active there, more power to him. –Pats fan.

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    pats may be in atl
    for about a week in feb

    irvin is using ne and pitt to pimp his free agency

    he is a liar

    atl offered the most

  22. commentawaitingdeletion says:
    November 7, 2018 at 9:53 am
    Can’t fault a 7 year veteran for taking an opportunity to play for his hometown team especially when someone else is picking up the tab.

    5 1 Rate This

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    umm, he is not playing
    for free since being cut

    dead money has nothing to do with oaklanf paying him real
    money

    lol

  23. As others mentioned, the money means nothing. Anything he makes counts against what he is already owed by the Raiders. So he chose his home over a chance to win. Guess you know where his priorities lie. Not that I can fault him for that.

  24. Really don’t understand all the skepticism from some of the commenters on this…sure Irvin isn’t Khalil Mack (and never was), but very few are and despite him not being elite, you can never have too many pass rushers.

  25. Nofoolnodrool says:
    November 7, 2018 at 9:47 am
    When he went through waivers in the PFT post yesterday many of you were calling for him to sign with the Pats. Now that he didn’t you guys are now arguing that there’s no way they offered him more money? Haha, you guys are so predictable.

    The Pats fanboys act just like Trump….lie, distract, deny,lie, and of course lie some more.

    Doubt the Steelers were up for him.

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    I absolutely love that no matter what, someone somewhere with TDS is going to make any conversation about him.
    You charge rent or let him live in your head for free?

  26. Woulda been a nice addition for the Pats, but oh well. At least now Irvin can say he played for 2 teams that lost Super Bowls to the Pats.

  27. I guess this tells us everything we need to know about him and how competitive he is. Chucky was right.

  28. Bruce, you’ll get to see (and most certainly hear) a real NFL fan base, up close and personal on Thanksgiving night! Can’t wait to see you!

  29. I believe Pats and Steelers would have offered him more than Falcons but how much more? I don’t think Falcons would have offered much more than veteran minimum. And probably Pats and Steelers would have offered slightly more than veteran minimum. Now if you are Bruce Irvin, who is from Atlanta and is familiar with the Falcons’ system and coach then why would you want to play anywhere else after you have already got your salary for the year from the Raiders.

  30. savethebs says:
    November 7, 2018 at 9:38 am
    When he went through waivers in the PFT post yesterday many of you were calling for him to sign with the Pats. Now that he didn’t you guys are now arguing that there’s no way they offered him more money? Haha, you guys are so predictable

    ——

    there were 19 comments on that article yesterday, none of of which called for the Pats to sign him. some said they should/would take a look at him.

    then in this article, there were six comments before yours. one is a Patriots troll, one appears to be a Raiders fan, one appears to be a Steelers fan. The other 3 appear to be Pats fans….only one of which doesn’t think the Pats offered more.

    C’mon man, save us the BS

  31. terripet says:
    November 7, 2018 at 9:38 am
    Probably didn’t want to cheat

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    Why have the Colts not even made it to the postseason since the league caught them using under-inflated footballs?

  32. Regarding the Steelers part, seems like BS.

    Hayward and Tuitt haven’t been amazing this season, but they’ve done well enough and are pretty highly paid. Hard to believe Steelers would shell out even more money for a DE given other needs they have.

  33. People are questioning his motivation because he wants to help his hometown team win? So much jealousy and hatred. That’s one of the best ways you could give back to the community that raised you. I’m sure most players would love to bring pride to their hometowns.

  34. Regarding the Steelers part, seems like BS.

    Hayward and Tuitt haven’t been amazing this season, but they’ve done well enough and are pretty highly paid. Hard to believe Steelers would shell out even more money for a DE given other needs they have.

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    Forgot that Irvin also lines up at OLB. Suppose that makes a little more sense, but still — Watt and Dupree haven’t been amazing (although Dupree better than expected at times), but decent enough that it’d be surprising that the Steelers would shell out $ for a 31 y/o Irvin. Curious to know what they actually offered.

  35. theprocess12 says:
    November 7, 2018 at 10:29 am
    I believe Pats and Steelers would have offered him more than Falcons but how much more? I don’t think Falcons would have offered much more than veteran minimum. And probably Pats and Steelers would have offered slightly more than veteran minimum. Now if you are Bruce Irvin, who is from Atlanta and is familiar with the Falcons’ system and coach then why would you want to play anywhere else after you have already got your salary for the year from the Raiders.

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    Oh, I dunno. Maybe for chance to actually make the playoffs and win a SB?

    Clearly this wasn’t his top priority which tells me Gruden did the right thing.

  36. tylawspick6 says:
    November 7, 2018 at 9:32 am
    Baloney

    pats have little cap room
    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
    He was referring to the money Kraft or Goodell was going to pay him under the table.

  37. Great for him, I’m glad he’s so happy…. so he’s not a Patriot….. I’m over it already…..don’t want him on roster if he wants to be someplace else anyway……
    NEXT MAN UP!!!!
    Go Pats!!!

  38. Flash1287 says:
    November 7, 2018 at 10:59 am
    The Truth says:
    November 7, 2018 at 10:40 am
    I’m a fan of anybody that spurns the patsies

    And that’s called jealousy

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    Actually it’s called butt-hurt

  39. terripet says:

    November 7, 2018 at 9:38 am

    Probably didn’t want to cheat

    You are confused littlepet. The Colts didn’t make Irvin an offer.

  40. Passed up two sb contenders for less money to play in Atlanta? sounds like he has a personal agenda and he did the other two teams a favor.

  41. “He’s clearly not a professional. I wonder, will he move back in with mom?”

    Very silly comment. These guys grow up being fans of their hometown teams just like everyone else. The chance to play for one is a dream come true. Atlanta may not be a top team this year but they’re not awful either. He’s played in Super Bowls and I believe has a ring. Its very easy to understand him wanting to play for the Falcons over other teams. Not many people get to live out that sort of dream he’s worked hard to get that opportunity and is fortunate to have it. Good for him.

  42. He only wanted one year to showcase his strong points for a big contract. I can’t speak for the Steelers but he knew it was going to be hard work pleasing Belichick and he would not be allowed to free wheel and in his mind that he thinks is the best way to a hefty contract. The guy is not that type to do what’s is good for the team but only what makes him stand out. belichick would have treated him like Jamie Collins running where he wanted to go. That’s the reason I think.

  43. I’m curious, when have the Pats actually come out and said directly what they were doing? As I recall, Ian Rappaport reported that Gordon was being benched 2 weeks ago and it didn’t happen, so why does everyone believe everything they read?

    When it comes to the Pats, unless BB speaks about it, I don’t pay attention – literally everything else that’s written or said is pure conjecture by the media or fans.

  44. The Steelers are now starting to click defensively, the chemistry is developing weekly so i’m glad Bruce Irvin signed somewhere else… my nephew met him at a football clinic in WV and said he was really nice so i hope BO does help his hometown falcons this season

  45. Well, playing for Dan Quinn again should help him out. Irvin’s not the all-world pass rusher in the mold of a Von Miller of course, but he is a veteran with his priorities straight that should help the many young guys Atlanta has on defense. Irvin shouldn’t be expected to be a game changer on his own, but he will still probably bring value as a locker room presence and playing for Quinn should improve his production over his time in Oakland.

  46. I think he could’ve signed with a team in Chernobyl and he’d be better off than that gaping smelly hole in Oakland.

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