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Ex-Raiders DE Bruce Irvin signs on with hometown Atlanta Falcons

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NFL: Dallas Cowboys at Oakland Raiders Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports

We knew it wouldn’t take long for Bruce Irvin to find a home. Just hours after the former Raiders pass rusher cleared waivers, he signed on with the Falcons on a one-year deal according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

Irvin is an Atlanta native, so this is a homecoming for the 31-year-old. He said he received better offers from the Patriots and Steelers, but chose to go home, saying “being able to play for my city and my people, you just can’t put a price on that.

Irvin is an emotional guy and he loves his city, so he is probably being honest when he says he accepted less money to play for the Falcons. He plays his best when his heart is in it. There probably isn’t a place in the league where his heart would be more in it than Atlanta.

It probably doesn’t hurt either that the Falcons are sitting at 4-4, in the thick of the playoff race, having left a 1-7 Raiders squad looking ahead to the 2019 draft.