The Seahawks did not pick up Irwin's option, preferring to wait until after the upcoming season to discuss a new deal, which did not sit well with the linebacker. However, he appeared to soften his stance when asked about his football future.
"I have one year left. I would love to be in Seattle. That was the team that gave me a chance when nobody else did," Irvin said. "A lot of people told me I wasn't a first-round pick, but Pete (Carroll) and (general manager) John Schneider took a chance on me, so like I said I would love to be there, but I'm just going to go out here, I've been working my butt off, I'm going to go out here and have the biggest year of my career next year."
It behooves Irwin to play at a high level, since he would likely command a big payday on the open market as a free agent.
"I wanna be there," Irvin said, referring to the
The Seahawks recently bypassed the fifth-year option on his contract and Irvin can become an unrestricted free agent after the 2015 season.
The Seahawks would've owed Irvin $7.8 million had they picked up the option. Despite not picking up the option, coach Pete Carroll had previously said Irvin is in the team's long-term plans.
"If we pick up Bruce's option it's a great thing, if we don't pick up Bruce's option it only means we aren't picking it up... We want him to be here for a long time," Carroll said.
"Bruce has done a great job for us," Carroll told ESPN. "We love him and we want him to be here. Somebody started that rumor about us wanting to trade him. That's not what's going on."
Carroll also denied that the Seahawks' second-round pick, pass rusher
The option would pay Irvin $7.75 million in 2016. In 2014, Irvin totaled 37 tackles and 6 1/2 sacks.
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