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Bruce Irvin explains decision to join Raiders, thanks Seahawks fans

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Irvin, Mack offer Raiders versatility (2:14)

ESPN NFL Nation reporter Paul Gutierrez discusses the impact pairing Bruce Irvin with Khalil Mack will have on the Raiders' defense. (2:14)

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In an Instagram post, Bruce Irvin explained his decision to sign with the Oakland Raiders and thanked Seahawks fans:

Too my brothers of the 2012 draft class what we did by coming in and changing this organization and city when everyone had something negative to say about us will probably never be done again. We all for the most part won't ever play together again but the realtionships we made are forever and the memories will forever b talked about when are old men. To a city and fan base that embraced me when everyone considered me a reach I appreciate you and I will love you forever. Mr Allen Pete and John thank u for the chance to play for such a great city and a group of men who I consider my lifetime brothers now. I know some may not understand the decision but this window of opportunity is so small that you have to make the best decision for you and your family. 12'sssss I thank you and I love you. One of the best fan bases in sports today u will be missed! I'm looking forward to my new chapter and helping the city of Oakland bring a ship there!

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Jayson Jenks of The Seattle Times chimes in on the possibility of Mark Glowinski replacing J.R. Sweezy on the offensive line:

After his lone start, Carroll said one of the big takeaways from the game was that the Seahawks learned that Glowinski could play for them.

“He stood his ground really tough and showed how physical he was,” Carroll said. “So, there’s just everything positive about it. We know he’s a tough guy. We just wanted to see if he would be settled down and play, and he had no problem doing that.”


Danny O'Neil of 710 ESPN Seattle looks at the challenge the Seahawks face and the value of compensatory picks:

This last part is critical to understanding what is happening now in Seattle. The NFL awards compensatory draft picks to teams that suffer a net loss in free agency. That's a fancy way of saying that if a team loses more unrestricted free agents than it signs, it is given extra picks in the draft the following year. Those compensatory picks can come as early as the end of the third round.

The Seahawks received four compensatory picks in last year's draft. They're expected to be given three this year, though that won't be announced until later this month. Those picks will be awarded for the departures of Byron Maxwell, James Carpenter and Malcolm Smith.