While we wait to see if the Seahawks are able to land a top-level pass rusher, Seattle has made a move to acquire a familiar face who should be able to help off the edge.
Bruce Irvin is a member of the Seahawks once again, Ian Rapoport said. The 32-year-old edge rusher agreed to terms with Seattle on Wednesday.
Irvin, originally Seattle's first-round pick in 2012, played his first four seasons with the Seahawks from 2012-15. In that span, he posted 22 sacks, three interceptions and two fumble recoveries. Irvin then played for the Raiders from 2016-17 and split time between the Raiders and Falcons in 2018. Most recently he played for the Panthers in 2019 and logged a career-high 8.5 sacks. Notably, one of those sacks came against Russell Wilson in Week 15 during Seattle's road win against Carolina. He received a 62.9 overall grade from Pro Football Focus on the year.
Irvin will be an important piece of the puzzle for the Seahawks in 2020, but Seattle obviously still needs to land a cornerstone to its pass rush. The Seahawks are still working hard to sign Jadeveon Clowney, whose market has been reportedly lower than what he was hoping for. NFL Network's Mike Garafolo said earlier on Wednesday that Seattle is offering Clowney a deal that is one tier lower than what Aaron Donald and Khalil Mack are at (around $25 million APY).
Notably, the Colts gave DeForest Buckner $21 million annually just this week. Clowney, despite his health concerns, should be able to fetch something in that ballpark, and it sounds like Seattle has a great chance to land him.
In the meantime, fans can feel good about bringing back a familiar face in Irvin. He was an important part of the team's Legion of Boom hayday and still clearly has good football left in him. Familiarity can be such a crucial part of free agency which is why his return to Seattle makes so much sense.
Between Irvin, Marshawn Lynch last year and Luke Willson, there have been no shortage of feel-good signings for the Seahawks of late. This one has an added layer of importance given Seattle's urgency in improving a pass rush that generated just 28 sacks in 2019.
Irvin joins Jarran Reed, Shaquem Griffin and Rasheem Green as the main four pass rushers currently on the roster. There's still hope that Clowney or another big name like Everson Griffen could join them.
IM SO HAPPY TO BE GOING HOME!!!! 12's I love you!
— Bruce Irvin (@BIrvin_WVU11) March 18, 2020
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