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LB Bruce Irvin Says He Wants To Stay with Seahawks Long Term

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In an interview Saturday with NFL.com Seahawks linebacker Bruce Irvin said he would “love” to remain with the Seahawks long-term, Bob Condotta of the Seattle Times reports. Irvin’s contract runs out after the 2015 season with the team deciding last month not to pick up an option for the 2016 season. That compelled Irvin to deliver a few angry Tweets and then be quoted by BlackSportsOnline that “I’m going to be in Atlanta next season.”

“I have one year left,” Irvin was quoted as saying in an interview that will air next week on NFL Total Access. “I would love to be in Seattle. That was the team that gave me a chance when nobody else did. 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.”

The Seattle linebacker was interviewed while at a football camp in Ontario, Calif., hosted by Seattle teammate Bobby Wagner and Denver cornerback Omar Bolden, who each attended Colony High.

While the Seahawks declined to pick up a $7.8 million option for Irvin for 2016, both Carroll and Schneider have said on several occasions they hoped they could still work something out with Irvin, the team’s first-round pick in 2012 — the team could negotiate a deal with Irvin at any time, though logically would most likely let things play out and try to get something done after the 2015 season but before Irvin would become a free agent.

Carroll said last month he met with Irvin and explained that not picking up the option was solely due to needing to manage the salary cap in 2016 — which remains particularly tricky as long as Russell Wilson remains unsigned — and not an indication that the team doesn’t want Irvin back.

“It has nothing to do with the statement of how we feel about him in our program,” Carroll said. “We expect him to be here for a long time and we will work to get that done.”


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