Falcons sign Bruce Irvin


In his introductory press conference with the Falcons, Irvin voiced that he wants to help the team by being the missing piece on that side of the ball, according to Josh Alper of Pro Football Talk.

Irvin said that he could have been paid more money by going to Pittsburgh or by New England when he spoke to Vaughn McClure of ESPN.com. Irvin, who is an outside linebacker is also an effective pass rusher. The 31-year-old has played for the Raiders and the Seahawks in his career.

He then played at West Virginia and went No. 12 overall in the 2012 draft to Seattle. In two seasons playing under Quinn, Irvin compiled 88 tackles, 8.5 sacks, five passes defended, three interceptions, two forced fumbles and scored twice. Irvin, who is from Atlanta, not only returns home, but reunites with Dan Quinn, the Flacons head coach who was Irvin's defensive coordinator in Seattle. Plus, the way Seattle played against the Chargers this past Sunday, Irvin might rightfully feel that the Falcons have a better shot at the playoffs than does Seattle.

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"We know exactly how Bruce with fit into our team on the field, and just as importantly into our locker room", Quinn told the Falcons' website.

The Falcons rank 14th in the league with 17 sacks.

The Falcons (4-4) have won three straight despite losing starting safeties Ricardo Allen and Keanu Neal to season-ending injuries. Irvin is a competitor, so being gifted the opportunity to join a team which will utilize his skill set and is looking to contend is a huge win for him.