According to a report late Wednesday night by NFL.com’s Ian Rapoport, the Seahawks do not plan to exercise the fifth-year option on LB Bruce Irvin’s rookie contract. Meanwhile, Pro Football Talk speculates that Irvin, the club’s No. 1 pick in 2012, could be traded to the Atlanta Falcons, where he would be reunited with head coach Dan Quinn, his former defensive coordinator in Seattle.
Exercising Irvin’s 2016 option would result in a $7.751 million salary, perhaps prohibitive for a team already paying big bucks for Earl Thomas, Richard Sherman, K.J. Wright, Marshawn Lynch and newly acquired Jimmy Graham. Also, the Seahawks are trying to negotiate mega deals for QB Russell Wilson and LB Bobby Wagner.
Per Rapoport, the Seahawks would love to extend the 27-year-old Irvin, who had 37 tackles and 6.5 sacks last season, but the issue is whether Irvin would sign with Seattle on the relative cheap.
Quinn and the Falcons are desperate for an edge rusher and trading for Irvin would allow Atlanta to address other positions early in the 2015 draft, which begins Thursday night in Chicago.