Wyman: Seahawks’ best move so far is bringing Bruce Irvin back

Mar 27, 2020, 1:18 AM

Seahawks DE/LB Bruce Irvin...

Bruce Irvin comes back to the Seahawks after making a career-high 8.5 sacks in 2019. (Getty)


The Seahawks have added eight players this offseason entering Friday, and Jim Moore of 710 ESPN Seattle’s Bob, Dave and Moore shared earlier in the week how he ranks each of the moves.

NFL.com’s Michael Silver: Clowney ‘would love to stay with the Seahawks’

Atop Moore’s list is cornerback Quinton Dunbar, who the Seahawks picked up from Washington in a trade that was made official on Tuesday. And while Dunbar is probably on top of most people’s lists, he isn’t for one of Moore’s co-hosts.

Dave Wyman, a former NFL linebacker, noted Thursday on Bob, Dave and Moore that he thinks the best addition Seattle has made thus far is bringing back pass rusher Bruce Irvin, who Moore had ranked fourth.

“I just think he’s perfect for what you need coming off the edge, plus he’s just a good player out in space,” Wyman explained.

The reason why Irvin continues to excel in the pass rush is simple, according to Wyman.

“The thing that most catches my eye is that he can still run, and that’s the thing in the NFL – you have to be able to run,” he said. “You’ve gotta have speed and he has great field speed.”

Irvin is 32 and his next season will be his ninth in the NFL, but the Seahawks’ 2012 first-round draft pick doesn’t appear to be slowing down.

“It was his best year,” Bob Stelton said of Irvin’s 2019 season in which he had a career-high 8.5 sacks for the Carolina Panthers, “and he did it in 13 games, by the way.”

Wyman caught a replay of a Panthers game from last season against the 49ers recently on the NFL Network, and while San Francisco was dominant in a 51-13 win, something jumped out on a play in which Irvin tackled running back Raheem Mostert, who had made a catch on a swing route.

“He was inside and ran all the way outside, (Mostert) broke down and tried to put a move on Irvin and Irvin tackled him. He is so athletic. … Watching him, he’s still got the high knees and the quick twitch and everything. The performance was there last year.”

Though Irvin is Wyman’s clear choice for the top spot, he’s impressed with what he’s seen of Dunbar, too.

“I’m not sure how ‘fast’ he is but he has great field speed,” he said of Dunbar. “… His closing speed is really good. If he does get beat… he makes up a lot of ground.”

So why does Irvin get the edge?

“I just think Bruce Irvin is more of a proven commodity,” Wyman said. “(And) if you look at (Dunbar’s) ability to run at his position versus Bruce’s ability to run at his position, Bruce is better in that regard.”

You can hear the full conversation in the first segment of this podcast from Thursday’s edition of Bob, Dave and Moore.

Follow 710 ESPN Seattle’s Bob, Dave and Moore on Twitter.

More offseason Seahawks coverage

Quinton Dunbar to Danny & Gallant: ‘I wanted to go to Seattle’
Bumpus: Dunbar should fare better than other CBs in move to Seahawks
Signing of WR Phillip Dorsett has more meaning than just addressing a need
Heaps: Why Dorsett is a perfect fit for Seahawks’ offense
2020 Seahawks offseason tracker: Additions, departures and more

Wyman & Bob

Wyman and Bob

Seattle Mariners first baseman Tyler Locklear...

Zac Hereth

A new dilemma Mariners face after Ty France’s return

Seattle Mariners now have two first basemen -- Ty France and Tyler Locklear -- they need to find ways to get in the lineup.

1 day ago

Seattle Mariners Cal Raleigh Buhner Buzz...

Brent Stecker

Mariners’ Cal Raleigh didn’t buy Gilbert’s compliment about his new look

"I told him it looked great and he could tell right away that I didn't mean it," Mariners pitcher Logan Gilbert told Seattle Sports' Wyman and Bob about Cal Raleigh's new haircut.

3 days ago

Seattle Seahawks OL Christian Haynes...

Zac Hereth

The biggest position battle on the Seahawks’ O-line

Former Seattle Seahawks OL Ray Roberts explains why he sees right guard as the biggest position battle on Seattle's offensive line.

3 days ago

Seattle Seahawks Zach Charbonnet Cardinals 2024...

Cameron Van Til

Seahawks RB: New OC Grubb ‘opening it up’ on offense

Seattle Seahawks second-year running back Zach Charbonnet joined Wyman and Bob to discuss new OC Ryan Grubb's offense and his rookie season.

5 days ago

Seattle Mariners Scott Servais...

Brent Stecker

Mariners’ series win ‘underscored’ why there’s urgency this season

The AL West "is making it so clear that this is the Seattle Mariners' division to win or lose," MLB Network's Jon Morosi said.

6 days ago

Seattle Mariners Luis Robert JulioR odríguez =...

Brent Stecker

Want Luis Robert’s bat in Mariners lineup? It may not be the right fit

Luis Robert Jr. looked plenty comfortable at T-Mobile Park this week, but MLB Network's Jon Morosi explains why he doesn't seem like a Seattle Mariners trade fit.

6 days ago

Wyman: Seahawks’ best move so far is bringing Bruce Irvin back