Falcons sign OL Bruce Irvin

New Falcons DE Bruce Irvin says Patriots offered more money

The Oakland Raiders released Irvin last weekend, and he spent little time deciding where he'd go next.

And his home is Atlanta, not Seattle.

The Falcons confirmed they had a contract agreement with Irvin. "The Patriots and Steelers offered more money, but being able to play for my city and my people, you just can't put a price on that". Irvin was the Seahawks' first-round pick in 2014 and with Quinn as his defensive coordinator there for two seasons he had 88 tackles, 8.5 sacks and three interceptions. Following the 2015 season, Irvin signed with the Oakland Raiders, who waived the veteran linebacker on Monday. He cleared waivers Tuesday and was then free to sign with any team.

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Bruce Irvin is going to back to where he started. It's no surprise he worked his way East upon his release, as he has a strong connection with Falcons coach Dan Quinn, who served as defensive coordinator for the Seahawks from 2013-14 before arriving in Atlanta.

Maximizing his chances to win a second ring wasn't the primary motivation for Irvin this week.

The Falcons and Seahawks are 4-4, two games behind Carolina (6-2) and 1 1/2 games behind Minnesota (5-3-1) in the race for the conference's wild-card playoff berths. CBS Sports NFL Insider Jason La Canfora identified the Falcons - along with the Patriots and Seahawks - as a likely landing spot.

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