Falcons sign Bruce Irvin to one-year deal


After being released by the Oakland Raiders this week, edge rusher Bruce Irvin inked a 1-year deal with the Atlanta Falcons on Wednesday.

Irvin just wanted to go home.

The 31-year-old is very familiar with Falcons coach Dan Quinn from their time together in Seattle, where the latter was defensive coordinator before moving to Atlanta.

Signing Bruce Irvin improves Atlanta's ever-increasing playoff hopes helping fix the weakness of their team.

Irvin was released by the Raiders last week as the team is going through a complete overhaul. He was a centerpiece of the ferocious Seahawks' defense prior to that, and he has been a durable and productive player even on the wrong side of age 30.

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The Falcons have talent along the defensive line, and it will be interesting to see how they plug Irvin into the mix. Irvin, who is an outside linebacker is also an effective pass rusher.

"He's definitely a big addition to our team", said defensive tackle Grady Jarrett, who has three sacks. One shouldn't really blame him.

The Falcons have won three straight games though their defense, ravaged by injuries, remains a liability; the unit ranks 30th, according to Football Outsiders, ahead of only the Raiders and Buccaneers. The Seahawks have two guys who can get to the opposing quarterback now: Frank Clark and Jarran Reed. In fact, he played just nine snaps in Oakland's blowout loss to the 49ers, led by former undrafted free agent Nick Mullens.

The following season, he appeared in 15 games, including 13 starts.