From team captain to cut. Two days after Bruce Irvin was relegated to 9 snaps in a loss to the 49ers, he is a Raider no more. This according to Vic Tafur of the Athletic.
Breaking: #Raiders have cut defensive end Bruce Irvin, league sources said. Story to come— Vic Tafur (@VicTafur) November 3, 2018
On a team with no pass rush to speak of, Irvin not seeing the field was a telltale sign that he was in Jon Gruden’s doghouse. Gruden said Friday that it was a matter of Irvin not fitting what they were doing defensively, basically labeling him a situational pass rusher. And playing from behind so much was not the ideal situation for Irvin to get on the field.
For two seasons, he was the Robin to Khalil Mack’s Batman. Gruden traded Batman away before season, leaving Robin to try things on his own. He had 3.0 sacks in the first five games, but for the most part he was unable to do much without the threat Mack posed on the opposite side.
Before the trade deadline last Tuesday Gruden shopped Irvin, but didn’t receive anything he liked. Though at this point, anything would have been better than nothing.
His release takes $8.25 million off the books with no dead money. He had 18 sacks and 11 forced fumbles over 2.5 seasons with the Raiders.