You can believe other NFL teams are aware of that stat, and as Irvin hits the free-agent market this offseason, it couldn’t have come at a better time.
Last year, the Seahawks declined to pick up the fifth-year option on Bruce Irvin’s rookie contract. After the Seahawks cleared out their lockers following their playoff loss to the Panthers, Irvin indicated he could give Seattle a hometown discount.
The problem for Seattle is they might not have the money under the salary cap to re-sign Irvin (although Marshawn Lynch’s apparent retirement could loosen the purse strings).
Irvin is perhaps the best of this year’s crop of free-agent pass rushers. Dolphins defensive end Olivier Vernon is another.
PFT’s Mike Florio believes that Irvin’s next contract could capture as much as $10 million per year:
Barring a new contract or the use of the franchise tag (both of which are believed to be highly unlikely at this point), Irvin will sign elsewhere — on a deal that easily will surpass $10 million annually.
Do you think a team like Atlanta–who has big problems getting to the opposing team’s quarterbacks, sees Newton twice a year, who employs Irvin’s previous defensive coordinator as head coach, and is coincidentally Irvin’s hometown–might be one of the first teams to reach out to the WVU star once free-agency begins?