Published: Sun, November 11, 2018
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Falcons sign Bruce Irvin

Falcons sign Bruce Irvin

After clearing waivers Tuesday, recently released defensive end Bruce Irvin was a free agent and before signing a 1-year deal with the Falcons early Wednesday, the Patriots were one of the teams who tried hard to land him.

Veteran pass-rusher Bruce Irvin wanted to come home to Atlanta all along.

On Thursday, Irvin took part in his first practice with the Atlanta Falcons and wasted no time taking a shot at his former squad.

Born in Atlanta, Irvin's return home could be mutually beneficial. He was Irvin's position coach from when Seattle drafted him in the first round in 2012 until he signed a $27.7 million contract with the Oakland Raiders following the 2015 season.

The Falcons hope Irvin adds new punch to the pass rush. In 2013, Quinn arrived in Seattle, where he coached Irvin for two seasons and helped the Seahawks reach two consecutive Super Bowls and earn an Lombardi Trophy. Quinn said Irvin will play against Cleveland.

But Atlanta (4-4) didn't hesitate to add Irvin to bolster their pass rush. He had six tackles, including three tackles for a loss, and four quarterback hits.

Atlanta started 1-4, mostly because of a defense that was torn apart by injuries. He's a definite leader on the defensive side of the ball and not just the defense, on this team. The Raiders rank last in the league with seven sacks.

The following season, he appeared in 15 games, including 13 starts. He tied a career high with eight sacks last season.

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