The NFL released a top player list of the best unrestricted free agents going into the upcoming offseason and Mountaineer and current Seattle Seahawk, Bruce Irvin, was high on that list. Number 10 to be exact.
Irvin, who played for the Mountaineers from 2010-2011, and was drafted by Seattle with the 15th overall pick in the 2012 NFL draft. At the beginning of this NFL season, Irvin was not given a contract extension by the Seahawks organization unlike most of his other teammates who were drafted in 2012.
Irvin went on Twitter later showing his displeasure with the organization not giving him his extension. Since joining the Seahawks organization, Irvin has grown into one of the top outside linebackers in the league after making the switch from defensive end. In his career, he has tallied three interceptions (two returned for touchdowns), 85 solo tackles, 44 assisted tackles, and 22.0 sacks.
Currently Irvin is in the last year of his rookie contract. If the Seahawks organization were to offer Irvin an extension, it would put him at $7 million per season. There have been rumors about the Seahawks quite possibly shopping Irvin closer to the draft in return for picks.
One team who could wind up with Irvin is his home town, Atlanta Falcons, who were the talk of the NFL when rumors started about the trade earlier this season. Head coach of the Falcons, Dan Quinn, was the defensive coordinator for the Seahawks from 2013-2014 and would know how to help Irvin adjust into life with the Falcons if a trade were to happen.
In the NFL.com article, Gregg Rosenthal wrote of Irvin:
While it is still unsure what will happen to Irvin after this season, it shows that this off-season will be very eventful.