By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
The Oakland Raiders have released veteran outside linebacker and defensive end Bruce Irvin. He was the second veteran to be released on Saturday.
The Raiders front office led by head coach Jon Gruden and general manager Reggie McKenzie reportedly attempted to trade Irvin before Tuesday’s trade deadline. However, there were no takers for his services.
The 31-year-old had a reduced role against the San Francisco 49ers on Thursday Night Football. He played in just nine snaps against the 49ers.
“Well, last night we weren’t in our nickel defense very much,” Gruden said Friday. “Remember we’re a 4-3 team, we’re not a 3-4. So in the base defense, sometimes he doesn’t fit the role that we need done. No disrespect to Bruce. He’s an edge rusher. We haven’t had a lead. We haven’t had the opposition behind in the chains a lot. So his role has been reduced. I know he’s frustrated. I’m frustrated. We’ll try to solve that as soon as possible. He’s a good player. He’s a good player.”
Irvin was not expected to return to the Raiders in 2019. Now, he will become a free agent and can sign with a team for the rest of the season.
The Atlanta, Georgia native signed a four-year, $37 million deal with the Raiders on March 10th, 2016.
He has not had a single tackle in the past two games. He last registered a tackle with the Raiders against the Seattle Seahawks in Week 6 in a 27-3 loss.
Irvin was slated to make $8 million in base salary this season. He was also expected to make $250,000 in a workout bonus. He also had an $8.25 million dead cap hit.
At the time of his release, he was slated to make $9 million next season. The Raiders were also responsible for a $250,000 workout bonus. The Raiders were not responsible for a dead cap hit next season.
This season, he has started six of the team’s eight games. He has had 6 tackles, including three tackles for a loss, and four quarterback hits. He had 3.0 sacks, and one forced fumble.
In three seasons with the Raiders, he has appeared in 40 games with 38 starts. He had 121 tackles, including 26 tackles for a loss and 41 quarterback hits. He also had 18.0 sacks, and 11 forced fumbles and four pass deflections.
According to Spotrac, the Raiders cleared $9.25 million in cap space by making this move. By trading Khalil Mack and Amari Cooper, along with releasing Irvin, the team has now cleared $45 million in cap space.
Oakland is now expected to have around $80 million in the spring for free agency. They also have three first round draft picks, including one each in 2019 from dealing Mack and Cooper.
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