Atlanta Signs Bruce Irvin: What This Means For The Falcons

Steelers offered Bruce Irvin more money but he signed with the Falcons

Steelers offered Bruce Irvin more money but he signed with the Falcons

Less than 24-hours later, the Falcons made a move for Irvin, signing the veteran pass rusher to a one year deal worth $3.2 million dollars.

The Atlanta Falcons beefed up their defensive line earlier this week with the acquisition of former Oakland Raiders defensive end Bruce Irvin short after he was released by the team.

"This was a dream (come) true", Irvin told ESPN's Vaughn McClure after news of his signing broke.

The Pittsburgh Steelers and New England Patriots offered more money but Irvin cared more about playing for his hometown team.

He has three sacks this season after posting a career-high eight sacks last season. Irvin has 3.0 sacks so far on the year and will be joining a much better defense in Atlanta. Atlanta, meanwhile, has 17 sacks this season, tied for fifth-fewest in the league.

The Falcons (4-4) are slated to visit the Browns (2-6-1) at 1 p.m. ET Sunday.

The Oakland Raiders released Bruce Irvin less than one week ago, and now he's confirmed his decision to head home to Atlanta.

Irvin is also reunited with Dan Quinn, who was previously the Seattle Seahawks defensive coordinator in 2013 and 2014. Irvin, who is an outside linebacker is also an effective pass rusher. Irvin is a competitor, so being gifted the opportunity to join a team which will utilize his skill set and is looking to contend is a huge win for him. But the Falcons have won three in a row since then and still have the talent to get back in the wild-card race.

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