Originally written on NorthWest Sports Beat  |  Last updated 5/7/12

Welcome home Bruce

When the Seattle Seahawks selected Bruce Irvin with the 15th overall pick in the 2012 NFL draft I was critical of the pick. Ever since then he has been doing everything in his power to change my mind and others like me.

I did not hate the pick like some of the others so maybe I am more easily swayed but from everything I have heard from or about him since being drafted I am now a huge fan.

The West Virginia Coaching Staff rave about the guy, all the West Virginia fans I have talked to about him absolutely love him and say that the Seahawks got an amazing young man despite his colorful past.

Bruce says all the right things: I want to prove everyone wrong, I want to get to work…… You Know, stuff like that. Today he put his money where him mouth is.

Lets be honest here, who thought on May 7th we would be talking about the young man signing his contract?

Before the season? Most likely

Before the first pre-season game? Probably

Before training camp? 50/50

Before the rookie mini camp? Who does that?

Bruce Irvin that’s who.

On twitter he released this statement:

I’m just ready to work the money is cool. If you tookthe money away I still wouldplay this game for free!#WVU #12thman

— Bruce Irvin (@BIrvin_WVU11) May 7, 2012

That statement says a lot about him.

Honesty

The first sentence shows that he is ready to put his hard hat on and bring his lunch pale to work but yet he’s willing to admit that he is excited to see his 4-year $9.34 million dollar fully guaranteed contract including the $5 million dollar signing bonus.

Today we are very happy to welcome Bruce Irvin home to Seattle.

Love of the game.

“I would still play for free” everyone say’s that, usually in the midst of a contract dispute but in the end most try to bleed every last penny they can get in the process.

Bruce Irvin took a deal that gave him financial stability for the rest of his life (if he spends and invests it wisely) but didn’t feel the need to squabble about the deal to make sure he could get every penny.

Love for the fans

Not only did he add the 12th man to his tweet he remembered the fan base that he is leaving behind. I get the impression that he would play for West Virginia for his entire career if that was an option.

That makes me believe that once he plays in Seattle and feels the power of the 12th man and the love from our fan base he will want to spend his career as a Seahawk.

But…

Call me cynical but as much as I love the fact that he signed today there is a little piece of me that is concerned that he signed today.

Is there some lingering injury? Is there a medical problem that all of the physicals have missed? Is there something else that hasn’t come to the surface that could put his situation in jeopardy?

I doubt that is the case and I believe that he signed because he really is a solid young man but the saying “If it is too good to be true, it probably is.” keeps popping up in my head.

Time will tell.

Today I am very happy to welcome Bruce Irvin home to Seattle.

Other Seahawks Draft Choices Signing

Eight draft choices have agreed to contract terms today we just found out in a press announcement from the Seahawks.

So did seven of the other nine players who were selected by the Seahawks in the April 26-28 NFL Draft: Utah State linebacker Bobby Wagner (second round); Wisconsin quarterback Russell Wilson (third round); Idaho linebacker Korey Toomer (fifth round); Northwestern State (La.) cornerback Jeremy Lane and Kentucky safety Winston Guy (sixth round); and North Carolina State guard J.R Sweezy and Louisville defensive end Greg Scruggs (seventh round).

That leaves only the two players selected in the fourth round – Utah State running back Robert Turbin and Florida defensive tackle Jaye Howard – who have yet to agree as the team prepares for this weekend’s rookie minicamp.

For a list of all the Seahawks recent UDFA Free Agent signings by “Q” head to our Seahawks forums.

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