Friday, October 21, 2016

One of the best pass-rushers on the market has found a home. Bruce Irvin has agreed to a deal with the Oakland Raiders after spending his first four seasons in Seattle.

Irvin had an outstanding run in Seattle, winning two NFC Championships, including Super Bowl XLVIII. He became one of Seattle’s best pass-rushers during his four years, collecting 22 sacks as a Seahawk.

While Irvin was expected to leave Seattle, few expected the 28 year-old to leave for Oakland. Irvin had been on record saying he wanted to play for his hometown team, the Atlanta Falcons, but he had also expressed interest in joining the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Irvin chose to become a Raider, and join Kahlil Mack to form an extremely dynamic pass-rushing duos in the NFL, with Irvin and Mack being two of the faster pass-rushers in the NFL.

Bruce will join a long list of WVUPros to wear the silver and black, with James Jett, Jerry Porter, Jeff Hostetler, Amos Zereoue and Owen Schmitt all strapping up for the Raiders during their pro careers.

While the decision to choose Oakland may come as a head scratcher to some, Irvin does have strong ties to the Raiders organization.

Oakland defensive coordinator Ken Norton Jr. was Irvin’s linebacker coach for three seasons in Seattle, and the two formed a strong bond during their time together in Seattle.

Irvin will become a crucial part of the Oakland defense upon his arrival, and will look to help the franchise end a 13-year playoff drought.

Irvin will bring a winning attitude to Oakland, and will be one of the few players with Super Bowl experience on their young roster.

Irvin will likely have a similar role in Oakland that he had in Seattle, except his new role will likely be more enhanced. For Irvin, being comfortable and familiar with the scheme ended up being a key factor in his decision on where to continue his football career.

Irvin will look to take his career to the next level in Oakland, and will look to become one of the stars for their defense, instead of playing in the shadows of players like Richard Sherman, Bobby Wagner and Kam Chancellor.

Oakland will be a great fit for Irvin and the future of his career, and he will play a key role in the rise of the Raiders, a rising contender in the AFC playoff race.



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