One of the biggest pieces of news for the Seahawks this offseason was that 2012 first-round pick Bruce Irvin was coming back to the place where his career started on a one-year deal.
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The defensive end/outside linebacker left Seattle in free agency for the Oakland Raiders after the 2015 season and also had stops in Atlanta and, last year, with the Carolina Panthers.
At the start of his career, Irvin was lined up on the line at defensive end and recorded 8 sacks as a rookie. After that, he still would rush the passer, but he played more strongside linebacker due in part to his incredible speed and athleticism as well as that ahead of the 2013 season, the Seahawks bolstered their pass rush with signings like Cliff Avril and Michael Bennett.
But last year, the Seahawks struggled to rush the quarterback, accumulating just 28 sacks, which was the fewest in football except for the Miami Dolphins. Rasheem Green led Seattle with 4 sacks. Meanwhile, Irvin racked up 8.5 sacks in 13 games for the Panthers.
Irvin, 32, will likely look and play differently than he did when he last suited up for the Seahawks in 2015 when he was 28. So what exactly are the Seahawks getting in Irvin and what will his role be? Former NFL quarterback Brock Huard discussed that with 710 ESPN Seattle’s Danny and Gallant Tuesday morning.
“I’m really excited to see that. It’s interesting, he’s played 119 games in this league and he’s been largely very durable, especially over the last three years or so,” Huard said. “When we saw him leave Seattle, we saw a guy who got to the quarterback his rookie year – I think he led the team or was right near the top with …read more
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