Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Bruce Irvin could command more than $10 million annually during free-agency

Bruce IrvinDid you watch Von Miller and DeMarcus Ware make life miserable for Cam Newton during Super Bowl 50? Did you know that of Bruce Irvin’s 22.5 career sacks, seven have come against Newton?

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?




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