Bruce Irvin Says He Wants To Play For Atlanta Falcons


I love that Pete Carroll is the type of coach who lets players be themselves. Richard Sherman, Marshawn Lynch, Doug Baldwin and so many others on this team go against the grain of cookie-cutter interview responses and say what they really think on a regular basis. Carroll is a genius in developing his players, both on the field and as people.

However, there are some drawbacks to that approach. Exhibit A would be Bruce Irvin. I would like to go on the record and say that I defended him for a while, but this is starting to get out of hand.

In an interview with Samuel Logan from Black Sports Online, Irvin voiced his desire to leave Seattle as soon as his contract is up.

"“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….. I asked Irvin if the Seahawks “showed him the money”, would he stay and he said: “Atlanta is where I want to be. Believe that.”"

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Bruce has ties to the ATL. He grew up in Stockbride, Georgia, about 30 minutes south of Atlanta. Also, Dan Quinn, the former Seahawks defensive coordinator is now the head coach of the Falcons. If he were to leave Seattle, that would be the logical place. But the question still remains, why leave Seattle? He already has one ring here, and this team has the potential to be the next NFL dynasty and all-time great defense. Also, he plays for a players’ coach and the loudest fans in the NFL.

Well, to use his words, it’s a business. Bruce Irvin was highly offended that the Seattle front office decided not to pick up his $7.75 million option for 2016 (language warning).

Although, in fairness to Bruce, something that you won’t see getting reported is this next tweet only 16 minutes later.

If declining the option is all Seattle did to aggravate Irvin, then he is definitely overreacting. Although, it’s possible that we don’t know the whole story. Regardless, he does not appear to be a happy Seahawk, and Seattle most likely doesn’t have the financial flexibility to give him his market value.

When it comes to the Michael Bennett rumors, just ignore them. That definitely looks like a media-created story. But unless this interview was completely fabricated, Bruce Irvin really does want out of Seattle.

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