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Seahawks have succeeded in motivating apparently now-potential-free-agent-to-be Bruce Irvin

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Sunday was the deadline for the Seahawks to pick up Bruce Irvin's fifth-year contract option for 2016.

The team has yet to indicate officially whether they have or haven't. But judging by a series of tweets Sunday night from the pass rusher and Seattle's first-round draft choice in 2012, the team didn't pick it up:

The second tweet I can't post in its entirety here under the TNT banner. I can quote most of it: "Faced way tougher adversity getting outta them streets coming up! That's s** is nothing! **** THAT OPTION!"

That last one seems to be an attempt to calm those fans who reacted to his first two with worry. After all, he remains under Seahawks contract for the 2015 whether the team exercised the option Sunday or it did not.

I wrote it last week and will again: Don't underestimate the possibility the Seahawks are not picking up that contract option as a way of ultra motivating Irvin to play a monster 2015 season for them. Now, he will apparently be playing for a potentially big, multiyear, free-agent windfall way better than the one-year, $7.8 million salary for 2016.

Saturday, Pete Carroll said the Seahawks "want" and "expect" Irvin to be with the team for a long time.

This may be another stroke of motivation by the coach known for many ways of doing it.

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