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Bruce Irvin | Linebacker | #51

Team: Oakland Raiders
Age / DOB:  (30) / 11/1/1987
Ht / Wt:  6'3' / 250
College: West Virginia
Drafted: 2012 / Rd. 1 (15) / SEA
Contract: view contract details

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Raiders GM Reggie McKenzie confirmed OLB Bruce Irvin will return this season.
There were rumblings the Raiders could cut Irvin due to his $8.5 million cap hit, but he's fully expected to remain in Oakland. Both McKenzie and coach Jon Gruden are Irvin supporters. Coming off an eight sack season, Irvin should get more opportunities to rush the passer in 2018. Feb 28 - 5:04 PM

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Newly-signed OLB Bruce Irvin is expected to rush the passer more in Oakland.

The Raiders do not plan to drop Irvin into coverage as much as he did with the Seahawks, which will give him a lot more freedom to get after the quarterback. With Khalil Mack eating up double teams on the other side, Irvin could top his career-high in sacks (8) this season.
Mon, Jul 25, 2016 11:50:00 AM

ESPN's Paul Gutierrez reports the Raiders view Bruce Irvin as a "bookend pass-rusher" for Khalil Mack.

Irvin played a hybrid linebacker/pass rusher role with the Seahawks, but it sounds like his main focus will be getting after the quarterback in Oakland. Irvin has recorded just 22 sacks in four seasons, but a tighter focus on rushing the passer should lead to more production.
Source: ESPN
Mon, May 16, 2016 11:29:00 AM

New Raiders SLB Bruce Irvin expects to get more opportunities to rush the passer in Oakland.

Irvin dropped back into coverage on 153 on his 819 snaps last season (including the playoffs). That's 18.6 percent. "Coach (Jack) Del Rio watched film of me and noticed I was dropping in coverage a lot," Irvin said. "That’s one of the things he wanted to change." Irvin isn't bad in coverage, and should continue to drop back a decent amount in 2016.
Tue, Mar 15, 2016 07:22:00 PM

Raiders agreed to terms with SLB Bruce Irvin, formerly of the Seahawks, on a four-year, $37 million contract.

Being dubbed a "pass rusher" by the media, Irvin has just 22 career sacks in four full seasons. He's more of a strong-side linebacker and should improve that area of Oakland's defense. Irvin could also be asked to play "Leo" defensive end after Justin Tuck retired, Aldon Smith was suspended, and Mario Edwards suffered what's believed to be a potentially career-threatening neck injury as a 2015 rookie. Irvin's signing reunites him with DC Ken Norton, who coached LBs in Seattle through the 2014 season. The Raiders had a boatload of money to spend, and have now landed LT/OG Kelechi Osemele and Irvin.
Tue, Mar 8, 2016 09:07:00 PM

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reported Monday that the Cardinals have made a "huge push" to land free agent OLB Bruce Irvin.

The Jags and Falcons have long been considered frontrunners for Irvin from a dot-connecting standpoint -- both of their head coaches are ex-Seahawks defensive coordinators -- but the Cardinals may emerge as Irvin's most aggressive bidder. Irvin, 28, piled up 5.5 sacks and a forced fumble as a 12-game starter in Seattle last year. He played the OTTO strong-side position in Pete Carroll's 4-3, but would be a full-time rush 'backer in Arizona's 3-4 defense.
Mon, Mar 7, 2016 04:21:00 PM's Ian Rapoport reports the Jaguars, Cardinals and Falcons are interested in free agent LB Bruce Irvin.

Both the Falcons and Jaguars are coached by former Seahawks defensive coordinators, while the Cardinals are desperate to goose a limp pass rush. Irvin has said he's open to remaining in Seattle if "the money was close." It probably won't be.
Mon, Mar 7, 2016 02:14:00 PM

Free agent SLB Bruce Irvin said he would "definitely" consider re-signing with the Seahawks "if the money was close."

In other words, he's willing to give Seattle a hometown discount. "I would definitely consider it because the brotherhood I have with those guys, it’s like no other," Irvin said. "I’m as close to most of those guys as I am with my real brothers, so leaving those guys would be very hard on me, but not only me, my family also." Irvin could land close to a $9.5 million per year this offseason. He's expected to draw interest from the Jaguars and his hometown Falcons.
Fri, Mar 4, 2016 01:59:00 PM

ESPN's John Clayton reports free agent SLB Bruce Irvin "should get close" to $9.5 million per year on the open market.

Clayton follows that up by saying Irvin will likely go to Jacksonville or Atlanta to join one of his former coordinators in Gus Bradley or Dan Quinn. Paying $9.5 million annually to Irvin would be a steep price for a guy who hasn't shown a whole lot as a pass rusher with just 22 sacks through four full seasons. Irvin can play the run and cover a bit, but $9.5 million is pass-rusher price.
Wed, Mar 2, 2016 12:40:00 PM

PFT's Mike Florio reports the Jaguars are a "team to watch" for free agent SLB Bruce Irvin.

Irvin seems likely to depart Seattle after he lashed out at the team via social media last offseason when the Seahawks declined his fifth-year club option. The Jaguars are an obvious connection after coach Gus Bradley was Irvin's defensive coordinator when he was drafted. It's a clear scheme fit after Dan Skuta was somewhat of a flop as a free-agent signing last March.
Mon, Feb 29, 2016 07:54:00 PM

The Seattle Times' Bob Condotta said "conventional wisdom" is Seahawks SLB Bruce Irvin will move on in free agency.

Irvin said he would be willing to offer the Seahawks a hometown discount, but that might not be enough considering how much money Seattle has invested in MLB Bobby Wagner and WLB K.J. Wright. The decision not to pick up Irvin's fifth-year option last offseason also points to an impending divorce. With former coordinator Dan Quinn at the helm, the Falcons are the most commonly mentioned destination for Irvin.
Tue, Jan 26, 2016 12:31:00 PM

Impending free agent SLB Bruce Irvin said he is willing to give the Seahawks a hometown discount.

Irvin said he would be willing to take "probably three" million less in his total deal to stay in Seattle. "I’m not asking for $100 million," Irvin said. "I’m not asking for nothing crazy. I just want to be appreciated. But everything will work itself out." Irvin looked destined to leave after the Seahawks failed to pick up his fifth-year option last offseason, but it does not appear as if there is any bad blood stemming from the decision. Irvin should still get interest from the Falcons, who are coached by former Seahawks DC Dan Quinn.
Tue, Jan 19, 2016 10:42:00 AM

Impending free agent SLB Bruce Irvin is expected to reach the open market.

The Seahawks declined to pick up Irvin's fifth-year option last spring, almost guaranteeing he would become a free agent this offseason. Irvin could hook back up with one of his former coordinators. Both Gus Bradley in Jacksonville and Dan Quinn in Atlanta are in need of pass rushing help. Irvin has 22 sacks in 58 career games.
Mon, Jan 18, 2016 01:07:00 PM

Seahawks SLB Bruce Irvin (MCL) is expected to miss two weeks.

Irvin is out for Week 11, and isn't a lock to return in two weeks. Mike Morgan and Kevin Pierre-Louis will replace him on the strong side, with Frank Clark taking on a bigger role as a situational pass rusher.
Wed, Nov 18, 2015 06:37:00 PM

Seahawks SLB Bruce Irvin suffered a sprained MCL Sunday night against the Cardinals.

Irvin injured the knee on Bobby Wagner's fumble return for a touchdown in the fourth quarter and did not return. He will likely be sidelined a few weeks.
Mon, Nov 16, 2015 09:02:00 AM

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DE1Khalil Mack
2Bruce Irvin
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4Arden Key
5James Cowser
DT1Justin Ellis
2Maurice Hurst
3P.J. Hall
4Mario Edwards
5Eddie Vanderdoes
MLB1Derrick Johnson
2Marquel Lee
WLB1Emmanuel Lamur
2Nicholas Morrow
SLB1Tahir Whitehead
CB1Gareon Conley
2Rashaan Melvin
3Dexter McDonald
4Shareece Wright
5Nick Nelson
FS1Marcus Gilchrist
2Reggie Nelson
3Erik Harris
SS1Karl Joseph
2Obi Melifonwu
3Shalom Luani
P1Johnny Townsend