Patriots miss out on pass rusher Bruce Irvin

New Falcons DE Bruce Irvin says Patriots offered more money

New Falcons DE Bruce Irvin says Patriots offered more money

Irvin has plenty to offer that could prove to beneficial this season but also may put him in play to be a long-term fixture with the franchise well beyond the 2018 campaign.

The Falcons will add defensive end Bruce Irvin days after he was released by the Raiders, the team announced Wednesday morning. One of the areas that Atlanta has struggled tremendously this season is getting to the quarterback now being 27th with 17 sacks on the season while opposing quarterbacks hold a 102.5 passer rating. I know he's frustrated.

Neither the team nor Irvin revealed the financial details of the deal, but Irvin told ESPN he passed up more lucrative offers for the chance to play for Atlanta. Irvin, 31, should help bolster the pass rush working alongside former sack champ Vic Beasley Jr. and Takk McKinley.

Irvin, under his breath, replied, "They're right". During the 2013 and 2014 seasons, Irvin recorded 8.5 sacks, 16 quarterback hits and two forced fumbles under Quinn, who also served as the Seahawks' defensive line coach.

Irvin played his sophomore and third-year in the National Football League with Quinn as his defensive coordinator. Injuries and poor game execution let three close games slip away.

Landing in Atlanta is a natural fit for Irvin for another reason.

Veteran pass-rusher Bruce Irvin wanted to come home to Atlanta all along. A lot of different factors can go into a free agent's decision to sign somewhere, but with Irvin the allure of going home and reuniting with his former coach seemed like a no-brainer.

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