10:47pm: A league source tells Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk that chatter already has emerged regarding a possible trade that would send Irvin to the Falcons. Such a deal, of course, would reunite Irvin with new Atlanta coach Dan Quinn. Irvin was also born in Atlanta.
The news comes as a surprise given that the defensive end is coming off of a pretty solid season. In 2014, the former No. 12 overall pick racked up 43 total tackles in 15 games (13 starts). Irvin underwent hip surgery last offseason but appeared to have come back strong. Last season, Pro Football Focus (subscription required) rated Irvin as the eleventh best outside linebacker in a 4-3 set. Irvin’s grade of 6.8 put him just behind Bears notable Lance Briggs.