Bruce Irvin says Patriots offered more money but he chose Falcons

Bruce Irvin says Patriots offered more money but he chose Falcons

The former Raider and Seahawk told ESPN he passed on greater money from New England and Pittsburgh to sign with the Falcons, his hometown team, on Wednesday.

It didn't take long for Bruce Irvin to find a new home.

Irvin, who was born in Atlanta and played high school football in the area, agreed to a one-year deal with the Atlanta Falcons on Tuesday.

The Oakland Raiders released Irvin last weekend, and he spent little time deciding where he'd go next.

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Oakland was expected to enter the season with Irvin and Khalil Mack leading the defense as bookend pass rushers. 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. He then signed a four-year contract worth $37 million with the Raiders in March 2016 that included $19 million guaranteed.

Seattle has 21 sacks through the first eight games, which ranks in the middle third of the league, so it could used Irvin's pass-rushing ability.

"We know exactly how Bruce will fit into our team on the field, and just as importantly into our locker room", Quinn said. "He is familiar with our scheme and we are familiar with his strengths, so we are looking forward to getting him on the field as soon as possible". In fact, McKinley tweeted to Irvin "let's eat", implying the meal starts on Sunday against rookie Baker Mayfield and the Cleveland Browns (1 p.m. ET, Fox).

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