As names keep popping up as free agent targets for the Arizona Cardinals, we are here to keep you posted. One of the latest targets is apparently linebacker Bruce Irvin, who was drafted in the first round by the Seattle Seahawks and played four seasons there.
Arizona is looking to add a pass rushing threat and he has the speed they covet. According to Ian Rapoport, the Cardinals "like him" and are a player in signing him, along with the Jacksonville Jaguars and Atlanta Falcons, both of whose head coaches coached Irvin while they were in Seattle.
While Rapoport is including the Cardinals as a suitor, according to another source, Arizona is one of two teams making the biggest push. Appearing on Arizona Sports 98.7 FM, Seattle radio broadcaster Brock Huard said Oakland and Arizona "have been the most aggressive about wanting his services."
Irvin will not come cheaply, but he does has top end speed to play the edge. He is still young at 28 years old.
He has played outside linebacker in Seattle's 4-3 defense, so he has not played the exact same position the Cardinals would ask him to play. He has 22 sacks in four seasons, with 5.5 coming last year. His career high was eight his rookie season, but he played in a specialized role. Since becoming a starter, he has had to play more in space and in coverage.
He is reportedly unhappy with the situation in Seattle.
While he would like to rush the passer, at 6-3 and 245 pounds, he is lighter than most players have been to play OLB for the Cardinals. Seth Cox has said here on our site, most recently on our free agency preview podcast, he would be a fantastic fit inside playing alongside Deone Bucannon.
But he would make a nice addition as a pass rusher off the edge. Pairing him and his speed on one side with the strength and motor of Markus Golden, and perhaps you have a real threat of taking down opposing quarterbacks.