Irvin was attending the NBA Playoff game between the Washington Wizards and Atlanta Hawks on Wednesday when he was interviewed by Black Sports Online.
“I’m going to be in Atlanta next season. I’m ready,” Irvin said to Black Sports Online. “Atlanta is where I want to be. Believe that.”
Irvin, 27, will be entering the final season of his rookie contract after the Seahawks declined to pick up his $7.8 million fifth-year option, making him an unrestricted free agent next season.
Irvin will make $1.6 million in base salary and sent out several tweets to vent his frustration about the Seahawks declining his option.
If Irvin were to sign with the Falcons, he would be re-united with former Seahawks defensive coordinator Dan Quinn, who become Atlanta’s head coach after Seattle lost Super Bowl XLIX to the New England Patriots.
Irvin, a 2012 first round pick by Seattle, had 6.5 sacks and one forced fumble in 15 regular season games last season.
- Scooby Axson