Falcons boost offense with Irvin

Tuesday Morning Football The present and future offensive-line outlook for the 49ers and Raiders

Tuesday Morning Football The present and future offensive-line outlook for the 49ers and Raiders

The Falcons on Wednesday announced they have signed the former Raiders and Seahawks linebacker to a one-year deal.

Irvin was having a rough year in Oakland under coach Jon Gruden (just like every other member of the organization). Irvin has 3.0 sacks so far on the year and will be joining a much better defense in Atlanta.

And his home is Atlanta, not Seattle.

The Falcons hope Irvin adds new punch to the pass rush. While he had a checkered past involving run-ins with the law, which he detailed in a first-person account for The Players' Tribune, Irvin was ready to move back to Georgia's capital once the opportunity presented itself.

The Falcons (4-4) are slated to visit the Browns (2-6-1) at 1 p.m. ET Sunday. Irvin, 31, should help bolster the pass rush working alongside former sack champ Vic Beasley Jr. and Takk McKinley. In fact, Irvin told ESPN.com's Vaughn McClure that the Patriots and Steelers offered more money but he wanted to return to his hometown.

Seattle has 21 sacks through the first eight games, which ranks in the middle third of the league, so it could used Irvin's pass-rushing ability.

The deal means Irvin will reunite with Falcons head coach Dan Quinn, who spent two seasons as Irvin's defensive coordinator with the Seattle Seahawks in 2013-14.

Clearly, Irvin is referring to being free from Jon Gruden, free from the awful record and on a team that is now riding a 3-game winning streak and trending up.

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