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Falcons give new pass rusher Bruce Irvin $3.2 million on prorated deal

The Falcons save a little cash on an instant-impact player.

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As the good morning of Bruce Irvin continues, we now know the logistics behind the deal that the Atlanta Falcons made to get him in Flowery Branch.

The Falcons will only get $1.5 million of Irvin’s payment on this year’s cap since the deal is prorated for $3.2 million over a full season. So, since there are only eight games left, the team is responsible for paying for that eight-game stretch only.

It’s a really good deal for such a sound veteran at the position, and one would assume the team is probably going to use this sample size as reasoning for if they’d like to re-sign Irvin in 2019 and beyond. It would not be out of the realm of possibility to see him in Atlanta for at least next season, as well, given the team’s persistent need for pass rush help.

If you’d like to know what a good move this is, look at what another NFL team had to do to get a rotational pass rusher.

The team standing pat at the trade deadline and letting life happen wound up paying off big time in addressing the pass rush.

Sure, this wouldn’t have happened if the Raiders weren’t tanking, but y’know, take what you can get. It’s great to have Irvin here, and it’s good to know it’s on a team-friendly deal that gives him an audition with the team for the future.