Bruce Irvin says Patriots offered more money but he chose Falcons


"We know exactly how Bruce with fit into our team on the field, and just as importantly into our locker room", Quinn told the Falcons' website. He was Irvin's defensive coordinator with the Seahawks in 2013 and '14 who along with Norton and coach Pete Carroll made Irvin an every-down linebacker and eventually a rich free agent. He added, "He will add to our rotation along the defensive line, while adding to our pass rush".

The Pittsburgh Steelers and New England Patriots offered more money but Irvin cared more about playing for his hometown team. The move comes less than three days after the Raiders officially released the 31-year-old Super Bowl champion. The Seahawks were thought to be a consideration for Irvin because he played four years for the Seahawks, who chose him in the first round of the 2012 NFL Draft.

The Falcons (4-4) are slated to visit the Browns (2-6-1) at 1 p.m. ET Sunday. The addition of Irvin will add to the team's depth chart.

The Falcons are a team that struggled during the first quarter of the season. But the Falcons have won three in a row since then and still have the talent to get back in the wild-card race.

They are now the seventh seed in the NFC and are only one game behind a wild-card spot.

The Falcons defense dealt with some major losses due to injuries to several key players early this season, but they've rebounded in recent weeks and have begun to find their stride.

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