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Ex-Raiders DE Bruce Irvin Atlanta homecoming lasts eight games as he signs free agent deal with Panthers

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Bruce Irvin is joining his third NFL team in five months. The former Seahawks, Raiders, and Falcons pass rusher has signed a one-year deal with the Panthers according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

Irvin was in his third season with the Raiders last year. The first two of which he had Khalil Mack on the other side which no doubt helped him to have the best two-year span of his career (15.0 sacks) after spending his first four years in Seattle. With Mack traded before the season, Irvin was left as the best pass rusher the Raiders had, putting up a team best 3.0 sacks in the first five games.

It was following an ugly loss to his former team in London that looked like Irvin was done with the Raiders. And the loss thrust the team into rebuilding mode.

The team didn’t release Irvin immediately. They waited a few weeks. He played his final game on November 1st — his Birthday. And five days later, just after all players must clear waivers instead of being cut outright, they waived him. He would clear waivers and then sign on with his hometown Atlanta Falcons.

Irvin had spent the final 8 games of last season with the Falcons, putting up 3.5 sacks. But once the season was over, he was not re-signed. He will now move a couple states away to continue his NFL career.