Bruce Irvin has made his departure from the Raiders official. He has now said his thank yous and his goodbyes to the organization.
“Thank you for you part in my journey,” Irvin said in a message on twitter.
“Specifically thank you to Owner Mark Davis, GM Reggie McKenzie, Coach Jon Gruden and the entire Raiders organization.
“I will always cherish my experience with the Oakland Raiders. As the seasons change, so do our roles and I look forward to continuing my journey with the NFL.”
Irvin became the latest casualty of a major overhaul in Oakland. The Raiders are sitting at 1-7 on the season, going nowhere and looking to the future. Irvin was not in those plans.
His $8.25 million on his contract made him impossible to trade, but his release leaves no dead money behind for the Raiders, so it’s in some ways a win-win. With half a season still remaining, the veteran pass rusher will have a chance to catch on with another team, perhaps one that is still competing for a playoff spot.
Correction: Irvin was waived. There is only no dead money should another team claim him off waivers. If not, the Raiders will be on the hook for the remainder of his 2018 contract which is approximately $3.7 million.