The biggest outside linebacker free agent in the NFL this season is arguably Seattle Seahawks linebacker Bruce Irvin. It looks like the fifth-year veteran at the position will be staying on the West Coast, just making a lateral move down south to play for a traditionally-defensive California-based team.
According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, Irivn is expected to sign with the Oakland Raiders on Wednesday. Bruce Irvin has been expected to be on his way out of Seattle for some time, but many expected him to head to Atlanta to play under former defensive coordinator, Dan Quinn.
Seahawks LB Bruce Irvin plans to sign with Oakland Raiders when signing period opens Wednesday, source tells ESPN. More pass rushers for OAK
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 9, 2016
Bruce Irvin entered the league in 2012 as a first round selection out of West Virginia. He impressed in his first season with the Seahawks, recording nine sacks, a number he has yet to match since.
Despite not having the sack total as good as his rookie year, he has proven to be a big player in the pass coverage game. He recorded two interceptions in 2014 and returned both for touchdowns.
That same year, Irvin recorded 8.5 sacks and helped the Seahawks to their second consecutive NFC Championship. He will certainly be missed in the Legion of Boom.
Throughout his short career, Irvin has recorded 25.5 sacks and four forced fumbles. He also brings over 100 tackles to the Raiders.
Head coach Jack Del Rio seems to be doing all he can to rebuild the Black Hole defense back to one that intimidates defenses once again. I think, with Khalil Mack pairing up with Irvin, this could be a defensive front force to be reckoned with the next few years.
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