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Patriots offered DE Bruce Irvin more money before he signed with Falcons

Ryan Hannable
November 07, 2018 - 9:20 am

The Patriots can't say they didn't try.

After clearing waivers Tuesday, recently released defensive end Bruce Irvin was a free agent and before signing a 1-year deal with the Falcons early Wednesday, the Patriots were one of the teams who tried hard to land him.

"This was a dream [come] true," Irvin told ESPN's Vaughn McClure. "The Patriots and Steelers offered more money, but being able to play for my city and my people, you just can’t put a price on that."

Irvin was released by the Raiders last week as the team is going through a complete overhaul. The 31-year-old has played in eight games this year and has totaled six tackles and three sacks.

He's played with the Seahawks and Raiders in his seven years in the league with his best year coming last year with Oakland when he had 58 tackles and eight sacks.

While defensive end isn't a major need, the Patriots are always looking to improve and Irvin certainly would have helped.

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