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Bruce Irvin | Linebacker

Team: Oakland Raiders
Age / DOB:  (28) / 11/1/1987
Ht / Wt:  6'3' / 248
College: West Virginia
Drafted: 2012 / Rd. 1 (15) / SEA
Contract: view contract details

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New Raiders SLB Bruce Irvin expects to get more opportunities to rush the passer in Oakland.
Irvin dropped back into coverage on 153 on his 819 snaps last season (including the playoffs). That's 18.6 percent. "Coach (Jack) Del Rio watched film of me and noticed I was dropping in coverage a lot," Irvin said. "That’s one of the things he wanted to change." Irvin isn't bad in coverage, and should continue to drop back a decent amount in 2016. Mar 15 - 7:22 PM

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Raiders agreed to terms with SLB Bruce Irvin, formerly of the Seahawks, on a four-year, $37 million contract.

Being dubbed a "pass rusher" by the media, Irvin has just 22 career sacks in four full seasons. He's more of a strong-side linebacker and should improve that area of Oakland's defense. Irvin could also be asked to play "Leo" defensive end after Justin Tuck retired, Aldon Smith was suspended, and Mario Edwards suffered what's believed to be a potentially career-threatening neck injury as a 2015 rookie. Irvin's signing reunites him with DC Ken Norton, who coached LBs in Seattle through the 2014 season. The Raiders had a boatload of money to spend, and have now landed LT/OG Kelechi Osemele and Irvin.
Mar 8 - 9:07 PM

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reported Monday that the Cardinals have made a "huge push" to land free agent OLB Bruce Irvin.

The Jags and Falcons have long been considered frontrunners for Irvin from a dot-connecting standpoint -- both of their head coaches are ex-Seahawks defensive coordinators -- but the Cardinals may emerge as Irvin's most aggressive bidder. Irvin, 28, piled up 5.5 sacks and a forced fumble as a 12-game starter in Seattle last year. He played the OTTO strong-side position in Pete Carroll's 4-3, but would be a full-time rush 'backer in Arizona's 3-4 defense.
Mar 7 - 4:21 PM's Ian Rapoport reports the Jaguars, Cardinals and Falcons are interested in free agent LB Bruce Irvin.

Both the Falcons and Jaguars are coached by former Seahawks defensive coordinators, while the Cardinals are desperate to goose a limp pass rush. Irvin has said he's open to remaining in Seattle if "the money was close." It probably won't be.
Mar 7 - 2:14 PM

Free agent SLB Bruce Irvin said he would "definitely" consider re-signing with the Seahawks "if the money was close."

In other words, he's willing to give Seattle a hometown discount. "I would definitely consider it because the brotherhood I have with those guys, it’s like no other," Irvin said. "I’m as close to most of those guys as I am with my real brothers, so leaving those guys would be very hard on me, but not only me, my family also." Irvin could land close to a $9.5 million per year this offseason. He's expected to draw interest from the Jaguars and his hometown Falcons.
Mar 4 - 1:59 PM

ESPN's John Clayton reports free agent SLB Bruce Irvin "should get close" to $9.5 million per year on the open market.

Clayton follows that up by saying Irvin will likely go to Jacksonville or Atlanta to join one of his former coordinators in Gus Bradley or Dan Quinn. Paying $9.5 million annually to Irvin would be a steep price for a guy who hasn't shown a whole lot as a pass rusher with just 22 sacks through four full seasons. Irvin can play the run and cover a bit, but $9.5 million is pass-rusher price.
Mar 2 - 12:40 PM

PFT's Mike Florio reports the Jaguars are a "team to watch" for free agent SLB Bruce Irvin.

Irvin seems likely to depart Seattle after he lashed out at the team via social media last offseason when the Seahawks declined his fifth-year club option. The Jaguars are an obvious connection after coach Gus Bradley was Irvin's defensive coordinator when he was drafted. It's a clear scheme fit after Dan Skuta was somewhat of a flop as a free-agent signing last March.
Feb 29 - 7:54 PM

The Seattle Times' Bob Condotta said "conventional wisdom" is Seahawks SLB Bruce Irvin will move on in free agency.

Irvin said he would be willing to offer the Seahawks a hometown discount, but that might not be enough considering how much money Seattle has invested in MLB Bobby Wagner and WLB K.J. Wright. The decision not to pick up Irvin's fifth-year option last offseason also points to an impending divorce. With former coordinator Dan Quinn at the helm, the Falcons are the most commonly mentioned destination for Irvin.
Jan 26 - 12:31 PM

Impending free agent SLB Bruce Irvin said he is willing to give the Seahawks a hometown discount.

Irvin said he would be willing to take "probably three" million less in his total deal to stay in Seattle. "I’m not asking for $100 million," Irvin said. "I’m not asking for nothing crazy. I just want to be appreciated. But everything will work itself out." Irvin looked destined to leave after the Seahawks failed to pick up his fifth-year option last offseason, but it does not appear as if there is any bad blood stemming from the decision. Irvin should still get interest from the Falcons, who are coached by former Seahawks DC Dan Quinn.
Jan 19 - 10:42 AM

Impending free agent SLB Bruce Irvin is expected to reach the open market.

The Seahawks declined to pick up Irvin's fifth-year option last spring, almost guaranteeing he would become a free agent this offseason. Irvin could hook back up with one of his former coordinators. Both Gus Bradley in Jacksonville and Dan Quinn in Atlanta are in need of pass rushing help. Irvin has 22 sacks in 58 career games.
Jan 18 - 1:07 PM

Seahawks SLB Bruce Irvin (MCL) is expected to miss two weeks.

Irvin is out for Week 11, and isn't a lock to return in two weeks. Mike Morgan and Kevin Pierre-Louis will replace him on the strong side, with Frank Clark taking on a bigger role as a situational pass rusher.
Wed, Nov 18, 2015 06:37:00 PM

Seahawks SLB Bruce Irvin suffered a sprained MCL Sunday night against the Cardinals.

Irvin injured the knee on Bobby Wagner's fumble return for a touchdown in the fourth quarter and did not return. He will likely be sidelined a few weeks.
Mon, Nov 16, 2015 09:02:00 AM

Seahawks SLB Bruce Irvin (ribs) is active for Sunday night against the Packers.

Irvin was listed as questionable after a limited practice Friday. Tharold Simon (toe) is also active. Seattle's inactives are WR B.J. Daniels, CB Tye Smith, FB Will Tukuafu, OG Mark Golowinski, LB Mike Morgan, OG Krisjan Sokoli, and DE David King.
Sun, Sep 20, 2015 07:10:00 PM

Seahawks SLB Bruce Irvin has bulked up to 263 pounds.

While doing a radio interview with Seattle 950 AM, the hosts noted how "jacked" Irvin looked. He said he played at 225 at West Virginia and was around 245 last season. An 18-pound gain is pretty significant. Irvin said he was tested for PEDs 8-9 times during the offseason. He's subject to random tests after being popped for PEDs in 2013. Irvin is aiming to parlay his contract year into a payday.
Wed, Aug 5, 2015 01:00:00 PM

ESPN 710 Seattle believes "it would be a huge surprise" if contract-year SLB Bruce Irvin was back next season.

Seattle isn’t expected to re-sign Irvin after declining his fifth-year option. With Russell Wilson and Bobby Wagner higher priorities, Irvin should reach the open market. Early speculation has Irvin joining Dan Quinn in Atlanta next offseason.
Sat, Jul 18, 2015 08:14:00 PM

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