Is Seahawks pass rusher Bruce Irvin on the trade block? Stay tuned

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Drew Stanton #5 of the Arizona Cardinals lays on the ground after getting tackled by Bruce Irvin #51 of the Seattle Seahawks during their game at CenturyLink Field on November 23, 2014 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Steve Dykes/Getty Images)

NEW YORK — The Seattle Seahawks have declined to pick up the fifth-year option on linebacker Bruce Irvin, and there’s the possibility of a trade that would send Irvin to the Atlanta Falcons, various media reports said Wednesday night.

Ian Rapoport of first reported Wednesday that the Seahawks had declined to pick up Irvin’s fifth-year contract option for the 2016 season.

Then Pro Football said a league source reported “chatter already has emerged regarding a possible trade” that would send Irvin to the Falcons, reuniting him with coach Dan Quinn, the Hawks’ former defensive coordinator.

With the Hawks not planning to pick up the option on Irvin, he could be traded to a new team during the NFL Draft, which starts Thursday, and that team could then exercise the option before the May 3 deadline, Pro Football Talk noted.

The Seahawks drafted Irvin in the first round of the 2012 NFL Draft. He had eight sacks as a rookie in 2012 and 6.5 sacks in 2014.





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