Bruce Irvin on joining home-town Falcons: 'It's bigger than money!'

Jose Verdugo
Noviembre 8, 2018

Now it's a reality. The 31-year-old has played in eight games this year and has totaled six tackles and three sacks.

In fact, Irvin told ESPN.com's Vaughn McClure that the Patriots and Steelers offered more money but he wanted to return to his hometown.

While many people believe that professional football players can lack passion due to the reimbursements they receive, you won't have to look any further than Irvin's signing Wednesday.

The Falcons (4-4) remain in playoff contention and will visit the Cleveland Browns (2-6-1) on Sunday.

Irvin hasn't been ashamed to talk about his troubled past, but it's simply motivation for him to strive for more.

It is no surprise he worked his way East upon his release, as he has a strong connection with Falcons coach Dan Quinn, who served as defensive coordinator for the Seattle Seahawks from 2013-14 before arriving in Atlanta.

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Some might look at Irvin's age as a negative, but the Falcons won't ask him to play every down.

Oakland was expected to enter the season with Irvin and Khalil Mack leading the defense as bookend pass rushers.

Quinn mentioned getting Irvin on the field "as soon as possible" because Irvin is so familiar with the scheme.

While defensive end isn't a major need, the Patriots are always looking to improve and Irvin certainly would have helped.

Irvin was cut by Oakland last week after he played just nine snaps for the Raiders in their Thursday loss to the 49ers.

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