Panthers add pass-rusher Bruce Irvin

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The Panthers continue to check items off their needs list, finding a veteran pass-rusher.

According to Adam Schefter of ESPN, the Panthers have agreed to a one-year deal with Bruce Irvin.

The Panthers were short on anyone to pressure a quarterback after the retirement of Julius Peppers. Other than Mario Addison, they didn’t have a proven commodity on the roster.

Irvin had 6.5 sacks between stints with the Raiders and Falcons last year, and has had at least 5.5 sacks in all but one of his seven seasons.

He was the 49th-ranked player in the PFT Free Agent Top 100, and leaves just five of the top 50 left on the market.

16 responses to “Panthers add pass-rusher Bruce Irvin

  1. Turned down the Steelers last year to “go home” and this year goes to the Panthers… umm… I think his well is drying up! Doubt there were many offers left after what teams saw he offered his home town team… time to hang em up bud!

  2. The Raiders who have a horrible defense and no cap issues decided Bruce was no longer good enough on a team that by the way is desperate for pass rushers. Not to mention Atlanta running the Seahawk’s D (where Bruce was a above average player) who themselves are also desperate for a pass rusher passed on him. Are the Panthers that desperate. This is what it means to be in cap hell, rookie free agents or discard from horrible teams at league minimum contracts for players that probably should retire.

  3. Irvin had mack on the other side getting double and triple teamed every single play. Irvin faced single blocks every single play. Irvin never got double digit sacks in a single season.

  4. I wouldn’t label Bruce Irvin a “pass rusher”. As a Raider fan who witnessed him play, I’d call him a QB “approacher”. He usually gets “almost” sacks at this point in his career.

  5. A pass rusher he is, a sack man he is not. Trading Mack exposed him in Oakland to what he really was and now the word is out in Atlanta too…. just another guy with NFL experience looking for another 1 year deal on the downside of his career.
    There’s one number that the quarterback and center wont have to call out before the snap because he is a non factor.

  6. Based off these comments, sack man or not, if he’s able to “get” to the QB, to break up a play with some pressure, its an upgrade looking at the team now!

  7. I was thinking he may end up signing with Seattle, but he probably figured he could stay healthier not playing on that hard turf in Putrid Sound stadium. He was often injured playing in Seattle, but has been pretty injury free after leaving Seattle, playing on natural turf in Oakland. It is similar to players like Russell Okung and Max Unger, who were often injured in Seattle but stayed healthy playing elsewhere. Perhaps not all artificial turfs are equal. Some are harder on the body than others.

  8. He turned into a solid player for a few years, but he was way overdrafted. He was projected, by basically everyone, to go mid-second round due to character concerns and he was a bit of a tweener.

  9. “The Raiders who have a horrible defense and no cap issues decided Bruce was no longer good enough”

    They thought the same thing about Kalil Mack, so what do they know about evaluating talent?

  10. Turned down the Steelers last year to “go home” and this year goes to the Panthers… umm… I think his well is drying up! Doubt there were many offers left after what teams saw he offered his home town team… time to hang em up bud!
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    Some really talented players have gone out of their way to get out of Pittsburgh so I don’t think you can blame Bruce Irvin for not signing with the Steelers. From Blount to Brown and all in between a lot of players have wanted out of Pittsburgh.

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