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Seahawks' sacker Bruce Irvin may not be a slam dunk to the Falcons after all

Could Bruce Irvin stay in Seattle with the Seahawks and not return to Atlanta to play with his hometown Falcons?

Bruce Irvin spoke with reporters in Seattle after the Seahawks were eliminated from the playoffs Sunday. The pending free agent hinted that he would prefer to remain in a Seattle uniform and might even take less to stick with the only team he’s played with in the NFL.

“If it came to that, I would definitely come back,’ Irvin said. “$3, $4 million? $3, $4, $5 million? I would definitely come back because I'm established here. These are my brothers. I honestly can't even imagine myself playing with anybody else, being in a different meeting room, listening to different pregame speeches. It's just crazy to me. I would definitely come back if they matched or if it was a little less. I would definitely come back to Seattle."

Irvin has been connected to the Falcons in the last year. He’s from Atlanta and played for now-Falcons head coach Dan Quinn when Quinn led the Seattle defense.

Last May Irvin even said he would be playing for the Falcons in 2016.

"Atlanta is where I want to be," Irvin told "Believe that."

Seattle did not pick up Irvin’s fifth-year option last year. He played the 2015 season at $1.6 million. That’s when Irvin made his comments about going to the Falcons when he becomes an unrestricted free agent next month.

Irvin plays linebacker in the Seahawks’ base defense and then defensive end in the nickel package. The 28-year-old Irvin has 22 sacks in his four NFL seasons, with 5.5 this past season.

Atlanta is in dire need of a pass rusher, as the Falcons were last in the NFL in sacks with 19.

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