Seattle linebacker Bruce Irvin said today he hopes to spend the rest of his career with the Seahawks, saying recent comments indicating otherwise were "misinterpreted.''
Seahawks linebacker Bruce Irvin had his chance in front of the local media today to try to rectify what he said were some incorrect impressions left by some of his previous statements about his future.
Specifically, Irvin says he hopes to finish his playing career with the Seahawks and isn’t looking to be traded to Atlanta or anywhere else.
“I want to be in Seattle,” Irvin said after the team’s mini-camp practice Thursday. “Obviously my words (about wanting to play in Atlanta in 2016) got misinterpreted. 2012, I had a lot of questions coming out before the draft so Pete (Carroll) and John (Schneider), they stuck their neck out for me and took me in the first round. So why wouldn’t I want to be here? I’m from Atlanta, my whole family is still in Atlanta. That’s every kids’ dream to play for their home team. But right now I’m in Seattle and I love being in Seattle and hopefully that’s for the rest of my career.’’
Irvin;s future became a point of contention after the Seahawks did not pick up an option for $7.8 million on his contract for the 2016 season, meaning he can be an unrestricted free agent at the end of the 2015 season if he and the team do not agree to a new contract.
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Irvin admitted Thursday to being a little shocked that the team did not pick up the option, but said “then again, it is what it is. They’ve got a lot of people to take care of. You’ve got Bobby Wagner, who deserves his money. Russell (Wilson) who deserves his money. So like I said, it’s a business and that stuff will work itself out.”
Irvin skipped the team’s OTAs in apparent protest of his contract situation. But he said the fact the team did not pick up the option does not change his mindset other than that it will give him “extra motivation, I could say that. I got a little complacent, you know, and I feel like that really put a chip on y shoulder and I’m going to go out there and handle my business. I’ve been busting my tail (working out in Atlanta) since I’ve been away from here and I feel like I’m ready to do what I’ve got to do.”
Irvin said when he has talked to Schneider that he has “told me they want me here. So he’s a man of his words just like I’m a man of my words. So like I said, that stuff will take care of itself. I’m just going to go out here and have the best season I’ve had since I’ve been in the league.”