The Seattle Seahawks aren't having the best of off-seasons so far as they prepare for the 2015 NFL season.
The Seahawks may have worked a trade to bring in the incredible Jimmy Graham from the New Orleans Saints, but they have struggled away from the field where some big names are unhappy with contract negotiations.
Defensive lineman Michael Bennett has been sitting out of OTA's in his desire to land a new contract, just a year after signing his first, while Seattle seemed to have hit a roadblock in their talks with Russell Wilson.
But the Seahawks finally have some good news on the long term future of one of their players, as Bruce Irvin revealed that he wanted to stay in Seattle with the Seahawks at the end of his current contract.
The linebacker’s future with the Seahawks has been called into question a couple of times this offseason, firstly when the Seahawks declined to exercise their option on his contract for the 2016 season, and secondly when Irvin said he is “going to be in Atlanta next season” because that’s where he wants to play. It seems Irvin has now changed his tune.
“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, according to Tony Garcia of NFL Media.
Irvin went on to say that Pete Carroll and Seahawks general manager John Schneider believed in him that he was a first round player and he wanted to now repay them back for that trust they showed him in.
“A lot of people told me I wasn’t a first-round pick, but Pete and 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," Irvin would go on to add.
If Irvin does as he promises and has the biggest season of his career, then he will arguably the top free agent on the entire market come 2016. The former West Virginia star may not be the best linebacker in Seattle - that honour goes to Bobby Wagner who also needs a new deal - but Irvin would definitely be the top dog on a lot of other teams across the NFL.
Irvin has a choice, he can stay at Seattle and forge his name in concrete as part of this dynasty, or he can follow in Byron Maxwell's footsteps and sign a much more valuable contract somewhere else in the league.
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