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Next move for Irvin could be a trade to Atlanta


Earlier this year, a report emerged that Seahawks defensive end Michael Bennett wanted to be traded to the Falcons. Another Seahawks pass-rusher ultimately could be the guy who gets shipped to Atlanta.

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.

Irvin, who was born in Atlanta, was a first-round pick of the Seahawks in 2012 -- the same year they added linebacker Bobby Wagner in round two and quarterback Russell Wilson in round three.

With the Seahawks not planning to exercise the fifth-year option Irvin, he could be traded to a new team during the draft, and that team could then exercise the option before the May 3 deadline.

Irvin had eight sacks as a rookie in 2012, and he added 6.5 in 2014.