Bruce Irvin on Seahawks pursuit of Jadeveon Clowney: ‘We need him’

Joe Fann
NBC Sports Northwest

The Seahawks have had a very productive week, making several low-profile moves to help fill voids as well as a pair of more noteworthy additions: the first being Jarran Reed followed by bringing Bruce Irvin back to Seattle.

It's evident that Irvin is thrilled to return to the place where he started his career as a first-round pick back in 2012. He's since played for the Raiders, Falcons and Panthers.

"I'm always grateful for opportunities, but there's nowhere like Seattle," Irvin told 710 ESPN Seattle on Thursday morning. "It's a first-class organization from the way we eat, the facilities, the way we travel and where we stay at."

Adding Irvin is a feel-good signing for Seahawks fans that should pay major dividends in 2020. He posted a career-high 8.5 sacks in 2019 with the Panthers, indicating he still has plenty of juice left as a pass rusher. Irvin should be able to give the Seahawks what they hoped to get out of Ziggy Ansah in 2019, if not more. Beyond that, the 32-year-old veteran should be a fantastic locker room presence on a defense full of young players.

But Irvin is a complimentary piece at this point, albeit a good one. Seattle still desperately needs to land a cornerstone to its pass rush. Fans are holding out hope that Jadeveon Clowney may still find his way back to the Pacific Northwest. Dianna Russini and Mike Garafolo reported on Wednesday that Clowney hasn't found the market he was expecting, which only increases the odds that he returns to Seattle.

Irvin has played with his share of standout pass rushers in his career. He lined up alongside Michael Bennett and Cliff Avril during his four-year tenure in Seattle from 2012-15. He also had the chance to play with Khalil Mack while with the Raiders.

When asked about the potential of teaming up with Clowney, Irvin said he's hoping the Seahawks are able to make that happen.

"We need him," Irvin told 710 ESPN Seattle. "I don't try to get into no contract situations, but he's one of the elite players in the league. It would be a privilege to play with him. I played with Khalil, who was unbelievable, and Clowney is just as unbelievable. It would be a privilege, man, and I think we would do a lot of great things this season if they can work those things out. Hopefully they will."

If not Clowney, Seattle will have to try to find a way to land free agent Everson Griffen or trade for Yannick Ngakoue or Matt Judon. Irvin, and many others in Seattle, are keeping faith that it won't come to that.

[RELATED: Seahawks likely down to four options for pass rush help]

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