A West Virginia reunion is coming to the Pacific Northwest. The Seahawks are signing their former first round draft pick Bruce Irvin to the practice squad, per the NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero.
Irvin, 34, who spent his first 4 pro season in Seattle before signing with the Raiders, has not played in the NFL since appearing in 6 games for Chicago last season. The move brings back Irvin to the team he played in 2 Super Bowls with, winning Super Bowl XLVIII, and also reunites the former Mountaineer linebacker with his old WVU teammate in quarterback Geno Smith.
Reunion: The #Seahawks are signing their onetime first-round pick LB Bruce Irvin to the practice squad, per source.
— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) October 11, 2022
This signing does not automatically mean Irvin gets in a game this season, but certainly comes off as a decision that wouldn’t have been made without the intention of using him. It also will mark Irvin’s third tenure with Seattle, having played in a couple games after signing a deal to return in 2020 before tearing his ACL and missing the rest of the season.
In a 10-year career spanning multiple stints with the Seahawks and time with the Raiders, Falcons, Panthers and Bears, Irvin has totaled 315 tackles, 52 sacks, 16 forced fumbles, 3 fumble recoveries and 3 interceptions.
Irvin was drafted by Seattle with the 15th pick in the 2012 NFL Draft after spending his final two college seasons at WVU. He recorded 45 tackles and 22.5 sacks in two seasons as a Mountaineer.