Irvin, who officially was released by the Oakland Raiders on Monday and cleared waivers Tuesday, signed with his hometown Atlanta Falcons on Wednesday despite receiving better offers from the Patriots and Pittsburgh Steelers.
And home is exactly what Irvin has found. Also, Atlanta has benefited from the addition of an older pass-rusher in recent years when they added Dwight Freeney during the 2016 Super Bowl season, and Freeney was 36 at the time.
Irvin, 31, is an Atlanta native. In fact, Irvin says he turned down more money from two other teams because he only wanted to play for the Falcons.
The pass rusher was cut by the Oakland Raiders last week after he played just nine snaps in their loss to the San Francisco 49ers.
What does this mean for Irvin and the Falcons moving forward?
"Yesterday it hit me a little bit", Irvin said during his introductory press conference Thursday. A Super Bowl champ, he played under Falcons coach Dan Quinn in Seattle when Quinn was the Seahawks' defensive coordinator.
Irvin is joining a Falcons defense that has had their fair share of struggles on that side of the ball this season. Frank Clark leads the team with 7.5 sacks and defensive tackle Jarran Reed has five sacks.
The following season, he appeared in 15 games, including 13 starts. The seventh-year defender has recorded 40 sacks and 15 forced fumbles during his career, and he joins a Falcons defense that has just 17 sacks this season, tied for 27th among all National Football League teams.