Bruce Irvin on joining home-town Falcons: 'It's bigger than money!'

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Raiders mailbag Readers sound off on Gruden Davis and why they’ll be watching the second half of the season

Also, Atlanta has benefited from the addition of an older pass-rusher in recent years when they added Dwight Freeney during the 2016 Super Bowl season, and Freeney was 36 at the time.

And his home is Atlanta, not Seattle. After being released by the Oakland Raiders, Irvin was weighing whether to come back to play in Seattle. He was a centerpiece of the ferocious Seahawks' defense prior to that, and he has been a durable and productive player even on the wrong side of age 30.

Some might look at Irvin's age as a negative, but the Falcons won't ask him to play every down.

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"I'm the icing on the top", Irvin said. One shouldn't really blame him.

Irvin is knowledgeable of the 4-3 scheme that the Falcons defense runs and should be able to fit in easily.

Irvin, who has 40 sacks and 15 forced fumbles in his career, has reunited with former Seahawks defensive coordinator Dan Quinn. The Seahawks have two guys who can get to the opposing quarterback now: Frank Clark and Jarran Reed. At 1-7 on the season and being outscored by almost two touchdowns per game, things continue to go from bad to worse.

Irvin had three sacks with Oakland, but played only nine snaps in a 34-3 loss to the San Francisco 49ers on Thursday night. The Raiders rank last in the league with seven sacks.

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