Seahawks coach Pete Carroll says Bruce Irvin really doesn’t want to play for the Atlanta Falcons in 2016, after all.
Last week Seattle’s linebacker who is entering the final year of his rookie contract this coming 2015 season, was quoted in a story posted on blacksportsonline.com this way: “I’m going to be in Atlanta next season. I’m ready. … Atlanta is where I want to be. Believe that.”
Over the weekend Carroll said that didn’t mean Irvin wants to play for his hometown Falcons, now coached by his former Seahawks defensive coordinator Dan Quinn.
Maybe he was caught in a very Atlanta moment — courtside at the Hawks’ NBA playoff game — looking very Atlanta (Hawks cap and T-shirt with, check ‘em out, matching red, canvas sneakers) in his hometown.
Or maybe Bruce Irvin really does want to leave the Seahawks that have started him in the last two Super Bowls, after drafting him 15th overall in 2012, to join a team hasn’t even made the playoffs over those same, last two seasons.
Whatever the reason, Irvin reportedly said publicly last night he wants to play for the Falcons in 2016.
“I’m going to …
Sunday was the deadline for the Seahawks to pick up Bruce Irvin’s fifth-year contract option for 2016.
The team has yet to indicate officially whether they have or haven’t. But judging by a series of tweets Sunday night from the pass rusher and Seattle’s first-round draft choice in 2012, the team didn’t pick it up:
Worked for everything I got in my life this shit will b no different! I earns my keeps!
— Bruce Irvin (@BIrvin_WVU11) May 4, 2015
The second tweet I can’t post in its entirety …
Report from league network: Seahawks don’t plan on picking up Bruce Irvin’s 5th-year option for 2016
#Seahawks don’t plan on picking up 5th-year option for pass-rusher Bruce Irvin, I’m told.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) April 30, 2015
The team has until Sunday to pick up the option for one year beyond his rookie deal. The 2016 salary would be $7.8 million for Seattle’s pass rusher whom it chose in the first round of the 2012 draft.
If true, this doesn’t mean the Seahawks can’t or won’t re-sign Irvin to a longer-term extension, and perhaps the team feels it can do that at an average annual salary …
Spend a couple months — or more, as many do these days — studying the NFL draft and some favorite guys emerge. I have a couple I would enjoy covering daily at Seahawks headquarters — and at least one I’ve come across who I’d prefer to not.
I was delighted to spend a few minutes at the combine in February talking to Houston defensive tackle Joey Mbu, and apparently everyone who meets him feels the same way. He laughed, joked and seemed genuinely appreciative of this opportunity to be a professional football player. He talked about how only four …
— Seattle Seahawks (@Seahawks) April 22, 2015
General manager John Schneider talked this afternoon at team headquarters in Renton with media members who regularly cover the Seahawks. The main topics were general and philosophical ones about the draft.
Near the end of the half hour or so I asked Schneider how he would now characterize contract negotiations with quarterback Russell Wilson. The 26-year old is coming up on the final season of his four-year rookie …
The Seahawks raised eyebrows and curiosity by making Bruce Irvin the 15th-overall draft choice out of West Virginia in 2012. He was supposedly a one-dimensional pass-rush specialist for whom most of the league thought Seattle reached way high to get.
The Seahawks then raised Irvin’s profile and impact on the league’s No. 1-ranked defense when they benched Super Bowl 48 MVP Malcolm Smith last season and made Irvin an every-down player: a strong-side linebacker on running downs and a rush end off the edge of the defensive line in passing situations.
Now, will they give him the raise that speaks the …
Versatile midseason pickups Will Tukuafu, Demarcus Dobbs returning in 2015; DT Jesse Williams re-signed
While the Seahawks – and quarterback Russell Wilson — wait for alternatives to emerge (Stefen Wisniewski? Chris Myers? a draft pick this month?) as their new starting center and left guard, they are bringing back two contributors who they found in the middle of last season.
Fullback Will Tukuafu posted on his Instagram account he has re-signed with Seattle, and a couple hours later the league’s transaction report confirmed the move. He also played on Seattle’s defensive line last season after the Seahawks signed him in the wake of starting fullback Derrick Coleman breaking his foot during pregame warmups at …