Bruce Irvin – DE
About: There isn’t much we can say about Bruce Irvin that 12s don’t already know. He was Seattle’s first-round pick of 2012 and member of the Seahawks Super Bowl winning team who left for Oakland as a free agent. Since Irvin joined the Raiders in 2016 he has played in and started all 38 games, making 121 tackles and 18 sacks.
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Pros: Irvin is a solid pass rusher and the Seahawks could certainly use some help getting to the quarterback. He has played for new defensive coordinator Ken Norton Jr. and he is familiar with how Pete Carroll does things. If it doesn’t work out, he has no guaranteed money against the cap.
Cons: His salary this year is $8.5M, and goes up to $9.5M for 2019. He is a hybrid player at 250 pounds, in today’s NFL and might not be an every-down lineman after this year. It’s a big chunk of change for less than a full-time player.
Wrap: Irvin is a week shy of 31, do the Seahawks want to add an older player to the mix? If so, are they willing to pay for it?
Freebie – Obi Melifonwu DB
This is not a trade, Obi Melifonwu was released by Oakland from injured reserve on Wednesday morning. He was a second-round pick in 2016 by the Raiders and is tall for a defensive back at 6’4.” Melifonwu is a safety, but can also fill in at corner.
Melifonwu already had a look-see by Dallas, so if Schneider and Carroll are interested, now is the time. Teams can never have too many defensive backs. He can be a better player than Maurice Taylor, who is currently the Seahawks fourth string safety.
If the goal is to make the playoffs and be a contender for a championship, the Seahawks could use a little help.