He signed a one-year deal with his hometown Atlanta Falcons after being pursued by as many as 10 teams.
In Irvin's eyes, it was time to come home.
What Seattle loses in not getting Irvin to return, though, is a player who has been a consistent pass rushing threat almost his entire career. In fact, Irvin says he turned down more money from two other teams because he only wanted to play for the Falcons. Irvin, 31, was waived by the Oakland Raiders last week.
The Falcons hope Irvin adds new punch to the pass rush.
"I'm the icing on the top", Irvin said.
It is 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 Seattle Seahawks from 2013-14 before arriving in Atlanta.
BC-FBN-Falcons-Irvin Signs, 3rd Ld-Writethru, 657Falcons bolster pass rush by adding veteran Bruce IrvinAP Photo NYDD201Eds: Adds quotes, adds new lead, adds byline. One shouldn't really blame him.
He cleared waivers without any team submitting a claim, but it's worth noting that the Falcons weren't the only organization checking in with him once he hit free agency.
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. He's a definite leader on the defensive side of the ball and not just the defense, on this team.
The following season, he appeared in 15 games, including 13 starts.