The Jacksonville Jaguars will be on the hunt for defensive playmakers to add in free agency and the NFL Draft, which shouldn't be a secret to anyone. The team is expected to spend some money in free agency, given they have just over $74 million in cap room before making any potential veteran cuts. One player in particular who seems to be linked to the Jaguars is pending Seattle Seahawks linebacker/edge rusher Bruce Irvin, who some anticipate signing with the Jaguars next week.
Per a league source, Jacksonville is one of the teams to watch next week, when the time comes for the former West Virginia standout to hit the market. Jaguars coach Gus Bradley was the defensive coordinator in Seattle during Irvin's rookie year, during which he recorded eight sacks.
Irvin has been a player that Jaguars fans have talked about for a while as being a potential Jaguars signing once it seemed obvious Seattle would not be re-signing him. He could be the perfect fit for the Jaguars OTTO linebacker position and as a package pass rusher. As Florio mentioned in his article, Jaguars head coach Gus Bradley is very familiar with Irvin as a player within this defensive scheme and there has been some talk that Bradley is very high on trying to land Irvin in free agency.
The Atlanta Falcons are also rumored to be interested, which makes sense given Irvin is from Atlanta and Falcons head coach Dan Quinn has also coached Irvin in the pros. Irvin did see his best success as a pass rusher with Bradley at the defensive coordinator position, but has since moved to a more strong side linebacker role with the Seahawks. It would make sense for him to fill the same position with the Jaguars.