ProFootballTalk The Seahawks had come to realize Bruce Irvin was leaving. But not many people saw where he was heading. Per multiple reports, the Seahawks linebacker will sign with the Raiders when the league year opens tomorrow. The Cardinals, Jaguars and Falcons had been mentioned as possibilities, but Oakland is apparently using its massive cap stockpile to add big names on both sides of the ball. They’ve reportedly agreed to a mammoth deal with Ravens offensive lineman Kelechi Osemele as well, and have more money to spend.
In the first shocker of 2016 NFL Free Agency, Seattle Seahawks pass rusher Bruce Irvin has agreed to sign with the Oakland Raiders, who were not rumored to be the among teams on his radar. At first I was told that Bruce Irvin would only play for the Seattle Seahawks who drafted him, or his hometown Atlanta Falcons, who would also make sense because Falcons head coach Dan Quinn was formerly the Seahawks offensive coordinator. I was then told that the Jacksonville Jaguars were in the mix, which made sense, since Jaguars head coach Gus Bradley was formerly Irvin’s defensive coordinator in Seattle and is very close to Irvin. Then I was told that, after missing out on pass rusher Jason Pierre-Paul who decided to stay with the New York Giants, the Arizona Cardinals were making a late push to sign Bruce Irvin. However, in a shocking move which had no rumors around it, Bruce Irvin elected to spurn everyoneand sign with the Oakland Raiders. It has been a great start to free agency for the Raiders, who also signed the top free agent offensive lineman Kelechi Osemele, and made the surprising move of the day by inking Bruce Irvin. The Raiders are not done, I have heard rumors that they are deep in negotiations with former Tampa Bay running back Doug Martin, and are also in discussions with several players who would upgrade their secondary.