Just released from Raiders, Bruce Irvin heads to hometown Falcons

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

He'll spend one year on the Falcons (4-4), who are third in the AFC South behind the Carolina Panthers (6-2) and the New Orleans Saints (7-1).

The Oakland Raiders released Bruce Irvin less than one week ago, and now he's confirmed his decision to head home to Atlanta. He was Irvin's defensive coordinator with the Seahawks in 2013 and '14 who along with Norton and coach Pete Carroll made Irvin an every-down linebacker and eventually a rich free agent. "We're ready to go hunt". Irvin has plenty to offer that could prove to beneficial this season but also may put him in play to be a long-term fixture with the franchise well beyond the 2018 campaign. One shouldn't really blame him.

The Falcons' defense had more good news on Wednesday. He's a definite leader on the defensive side of the ball and not just the defense, on this team. He said he has no timetable on Jones being cleared for a game.

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The addition of Irvin should help that effort and give them another piece to aid their push up the standings having won their last three straight games. Starting guards Andy Levitre and Brando Fusco and running back Devonta Freeman also are on IR. Expect Irvin to play either right or left defensive end as a nickel rusher, complementing McKinley (the Falcons' sack leader with 5.5) and Beasley (1 sack).

Irvin has three sacks so far this season after posting a career-high eight last season. His 11 forced fumbles since the start of the 2016 season are the most in the National Football League in that span.

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