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Atlanta Falcons swoop to sign Bruce Irvin

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NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports the New England Patriots, Seattle Seahawks and Pittsburgh Penguins all expressed interest in Irvin once he cleared waivers, but he elected to reunite with Falcons head coach Dan Quinn, who was his defensive coordinator in Seattle from 2013-2014.

"This was a dream [come] true", Irvin told ESPN about coming home to Atlanta. After the game, first-year coach Jon Gruden explained his decision to keep Irvin on the sidelines for most of the game. "He will add to our rotation along the defensive line, while adding to our pass rush".

Atlanta-born Irvin, 31, was selected by the Seahawks with the number 15 overall pick of the 2012 draft.

While many people believe that professional football players can lack passion due to the reimbursements they receive, you won't have to look any further than Irvin's signing Wednesday.

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Following the 2015 season, Irvin signed with the Oakland Raiders, who waived the veteran linebacker on Monday. Much like last season, if the Steelers don't get a sack, they don't get much in terms of pressure.

"We're a 4-3 team now, so in the base defense sometimes he doesn't fit the role we need done", he said. In fact, McKinley tweeted to Irvin "let's eat", implying the meal starts on Sunday against rookie Baker Mayfield and the Cleveland Browns (1 p.m. ET, Fox).

Quinn mentioned getting Irvin on the field "as soon as possible" because Irvin is so familiar with the scheme.