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Bruce Irvin Trade: Seahawks not actively pursuing deal, per report

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But that doesn't mean they're not listening to offers.

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Bruce Irvin is the newest subject of the NFL trade rumor circuit, and starting last night he was connected to the Falcons by a number of outlets. This came shortly after Ian Rapoport reported that the Seahawks do not plan to pick up Irvin's fifth-year option, which would mean 2015 is his contract year.

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PFT's Mike Florio wrote soon after that report emerged, "Per a league source, chatter already has emerged regarding a possible trade that would send linebacker Bruce Irvin to the Falcons, reuniting him with coach Dan Quinn, the former defensive coordinator in Seattle."

ESPN's Danny O'Neil was, at least initially, hearing the same thing. Apparently after a short while, O'Neil got some clarification that caused him to back off of his first report a little bit, but it seems that at least, the Seahawks are entertaining offers for their soon to be fourth-year outside linebacker/defensive end.

Per to ESPN's Danny O'Neil, this morning, "Trading Irvin is not something Seattle is planning to do or has actively pursued. In other words, any 'chatter' about a potential trade is occurring somewhere other than Seattle's front office."

However, there is an obvious and strong connection between Irvin and the Falcons.

Irvin, who is from Atlanta, "recently told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution he wanted to play for the Falcons" according to D. Orlando Ledbetter."After Quinn was named the Falcons coach, Irvin pointed out to the AJC that he had one more year on his deal and said, 'I wanna be there,' says Ledbetter.

There has been no report on the suggested price an Irvin trade would fetch for Seattle, but I would bet it'd have to be higher than a fourth round pick this year, as the Seahawks would likely get a fourth-round-range compensatory pick if he were to leave in free agency after this season.