"I have one year left. I would love to be in Seattle. That was the team that gave me a chance when nobody else did," Irvin told NFL Media's Tony Garcia in an interview that will air next week on NFL Total Access. "A lot of people told me I wasn't a first-round pick, but Pete (Carroll) and (general manager) John (Schneider) took a chance on me, so like I said I would love to be there, but I'm just going to go out here, I've been working my butt off, I'm going to go out here and have the biggest year of my career next year."
Irvin has reason for the motivation: He'll be a marquee name come March once he hits the free-agent market.
NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported last month that the Seahawks wanted Irvin to play out his rookie deal and maybe sign him to a long-term contract after 2015 if the linebacker played at a higher level. Irvin would have been on the books in 2016 for close to $7 million had the 'Hawks picked up his option.
But like teammates before him -- see: Byron Maxwell's $63 million deal -- Irvin may find greener pastures playing elsewhere.