Free agent linebacker Bruce Irvin has decided where he’ll spend the next several years of his career. Irvin has agreed in principle with the Oakland Raiders.
His new contract will become official once the new league year starts on Wednesday afternoon. It’s a multi-year deal with the financial terms not released yet.
This is a big free agent signing for the Raiders – and puts another piece on the defensive unit lead by Khalil Mack. Irvin signed with the Raiders over re-signing with the Seattle Seahawks or sign with the Atlanta Falcons, where his former defensive coordinator Dan Quinn is the head coach.
It’s the second big get for the Raiders on Tuesday. They’ve also signed a mega deal with free agent offensive lineman Kelechi Osemele to help protect young quarterback Derek Carr.
The 28-year-old Irvin spent the past four-years with the Seahawks. He had 22 sacks over that time.
The Raiders came out of nowhere to sign Irvin, but they are a good fit for him and they have plenty of money to spend.
Ken Norton Jr., whose the Raiders defensive coordinator, was Irvin’s linebackers coach in Seattle early on in his career.
With Irvin and Mack, it’s going to give the Raiders a pair of explosive pass-rushers, who are going to give defenses nightmares for years to come.
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