The team has until Sunday to pick up the option for one year beyond his rookie deal. The 2016 salary would be $7.8 million for Seattle's pass rusher whom it chose in the first round of the 2012 draft.
If true, this doesn't mean the Seahawks can't or won't re-sign Irvin to a longer-term extension, and perhaps the team feels it can do that at an average annual salary below the $7.8 million option-year salary. But what it does mean is Irvin will be extra motivated this coming season playing for potential free agency next spring. And it could signal the Seahawks are seeking a pass rusher and outside linebacker in this week's draft. (Nate Orchard, anyone?)
And don't discount what my pal Danny Kelly from Field Gulls brought up tonight regarding possibly not picking up Irvin's option: Pete Carroll likes to be known as a master motivator. That could certainly end up being in play here for the coach and for Irvin this coming season.
Last week, general manager John Schneider said the team had not decided on whether to pick up Irvin's option, and might not until after the draft ends Saturday.
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It didn't even take an hour for someone to float the latest Seahawks-Falcons Dan Quinn speculation, this time about this: