Bruce Irvin Expresses Atlanta Falcons Desire


Leading up to the draft, and after Seattle declined his fifth year option, the Bruce Irvin to Atlanta rumors intensified greatly. Many thought we’d see the former first round pick from West Virginia in an Atlanta Falcons uniform next season.

That never came to fruition, however, and the hope for Irvin among Falcons fans died down. Everything changed last night however, as Bruce Irvin expressed his desire to dawn the red and black jersey in a quote for

"“I’m going to be in Atlanta next season. I’m ready,” said Irvin in response to my question about where he wants to be after his contract his up."

Irvin was born and raised in the Atlanta area. He loves the city and the fact that the Falcons just hired Dan Quinn, the man who was his defensive coordinator the past three years in Seattle, gives the West Virginia product even more reason to want to join the Atlanta Falcons.

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He was quoted while at an Atlanta Hawks playoff game, covered in Hawks gear from head to toe. He also only has one year left on his contract, as the Seahawks decided not to pick up his fifth year team option for the season after this one.

Irvin would be a welcome addition to the Falcons, who had the worst pass rush in the NFL last season. Dan Quinn began his era by trying to bolster that pass rush through free agency, where he brought in the likes of Adrian Clayborn, O’Brian Schofield, and Brooks Reed; and through the draft, where the Falcons selected Vic Beasley with the eighth overall pick, and Grady Jarrett in the fifth round (who are both also hometown kids).

Irvin would also help what was a tumultuous run defense, last season. Pro Football Focus rated him as an excellent run defender with a plus-12.3 grade last season, no one on the Falcons had better than a plus-3.3 grade against the run last year.

"“Atlanta is where I want to be. Believe that,” said Irvin."

Just one more year Bruce. We here in Atlanta can’t wait to welcome you with open arms.

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