The final free agent target: Bruce Irvin, Edge
The Seahawks signed Bruce Irvin last off-season to come in and play his old role. An outside linebacker who can come up to the line on passing downs and rush the passer. Unfortunately, he succumbed to the first major injury of his career.
There has been a lot of speculation that Irvin may retire. However, I have heard that he is working hard to get back onto the field. If he can pass his physical, he wants to come back to Seattle. He wants nothing more than to play one final season with the team who drafted him. He wants to end his career the right way. Walking out of the locker room. Not being carted off the field.
Seattle has allowed KJ Wright to fully test the market. Sure, there is a shot he returns. However, Seattle isn’t sweating if he does. They want to test out their younger linebackers. Give Jordyn Brooks (WLB) and Darrell Taylor (SLB) the reigns and see if this is the pairing for the future.
Irvin and Taylor are incredibly similar players. Freak athletes that have the bend, speed, and skill that allows them to play all over the field. This is a big reason that Taylor has moved from the LEO to the strongside linebacker spot. It is Bruce Irvin’s old position.
Bringing back Irvin on a low-cost one-year deal with incentives gives Taylor an incredible resource to learn from. A resource that could accelerate Taylors’ learning curve and increase the immediate production from the red-shirted rookie. This move would also offer better depth for the linebackers.
Contract estimate: 1 year, vet minimum with incentives to $2.5 million.