Fun from this early-summer weekend:
By now, you know the deal: The Seahawks this spring declined to exercise the $7.8 million option that would have added a fifth year to Irvin's rookie contract, for the 2016 season. That means, as of now, Irvin can become an unrestricted free agent following the 2015 season.
The team would prefer it not get that far. Seattle hopes to sign its play-making outside linebacker now-departed defensive coordinator Dan Quinn converted to a key, every-down force last season to a multi-year extension -- one that would cost less annually than that $7.8 million the option would have cost against the team's 2016 salary cap.
The byproduct of not picking up Irvin's option is that coach/master motivator Pete Carroll has Irvin extra amped to earn a huge, free-agent payday during this coming season. The Seahawks' defense would seem likely to only benefit from an ultra-motivated Irvin flying in off its edge.
Until he has the chance in September to begin earning that future money through his play, Irvin has stayed away from recent, voluntary organized team activities that are entering their third week. That's his way of expressing his displeasure with his situation without getting fined. Irvin has also vented on Twitter and told the outlet BlackSportsOnline.com from his hometown of Atlanta that that's where he wants to play -- for Quinn, who is now the Falcons' head coach.
Meanwhile, Carroll has said he has talked with him about the team's plans for him and how the Seahawks want him as a key part of their program in the future. The coach even said Irvin hasn't meant what he seems to have meant.
All of which leads back to one conclusion, a common one this time of year: Can the season begin already?
When it does, all this will matter less than whom Russell Wilson takes to his next White House dinner.