Oakland Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie made some big moves on Tuesday, first coming to terms with offensive linemane Kelechi Osemele, and now reportedly reaching an agreement with linebacker and edge rusher Bruce Irvin.
The move reunites Irvin with now-Raiders defensive coordinator Ken Norton, Jr.. The 28-year-old Irvin started 12 games in 2015, registering 38 tackls and 5.5 sacks. Overall, the 6-foot-3, 260-pounder has 22 career sacks and has started 37 of his 58 career games since being drafted 15th overall in the 2012 NFL Draft out of West Virginia.
Seattle converted him to outside linebacker from defensive end, giving him great versatility that the Raiders seem to enjoy. This gives the Raiders another versatile pass-rusher to pair with Pro Bowler Khalil Mack, who nearly led the league in sacks last season. And at just 28 years old, the Raiders appear to have a couple of bookend pass rushers for awhile.
This may however limit the options of Aldon Smith returning to the Silver & Black next season, though it was important to get some help in the pass-rush department with the retirement of Justin Tuck.
The signing cannot become official until 1pm PST on Wednesday when free agency officially opens up.