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Raiders’ Bruce Irvin uncertain whether he’ll be retained by Oakland

Bruce Irvin, Raiders

Over his two-season stint with the Oakland Raiders, star linebacker Bruce Irvin has developed quite a reputation amongst fans on social media for his ability to help the team recruit free agents. He even had the nickname “Baby Reggie” given to him after Oakland’s general manager, Reggie McKenzie.

However, he expressed his current stance heading into March’s free agency period and clearly showed some doubt on whether he’d return to the Raiders for the 2018 NFL season. Irvin, who tight a career-high with eight sacks last season, tweeted on Thursday afternoon that he wasn’t sure if he would be back with the Raiders next season.

“Y’all keep saying bring baby Reggie out but s— baby Reggie may not b back,” Irvin said.

Irvin, who signed a four-year, $85 million contract during the 2016 offseason, has an option in his contract after his second year and his future with the team is a little up in the air at this point.

In six seasons in the NFL after he was selected No. 15 overall by the Seattle Seahawks in the 2012 NFL Draft, Irving has made 37.0 sacks, 246 total tackles, forced 14 fumbles, hauled in three interceptions and has two defensive touchdowns.

There could be noticeable changes made to Raiders’ roster on defense since Jon Gruden was officially named the team’s head coach in January. Starting cornerback David Amerson was released by Oakland just one day after Super Bowl LII, while the team could also decide to move on from starting cornerback Sean Smith. This upcoming season, Smith is owed $8.25 million and still faces legal trouble for a July 4 arrest for assault and battery charges in Pasadena.