Raiders GM Reggie McKenzie implies that Oakland will keep Bruce Irvin
The Oakland Raiders, who underachieved last season en route to a 6-10 record for third place in the AFC West, plan to be quite active players in the upcoming free agency frenzy beginning in less than two weeks. On Feb. 15, star outside linebacker Bruce Irvin took to Twitter and pondered if he’d even be retained by the Raiders for the 2018-19 season.
According to Michael Gehlken of the Las Vegas Review-Journal, Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie is quite confident that Irvin will return next season donned in silver and black.
“Let me tell you guys,” McKenzie said jokingly when asked about Irvin’s comment. “Y’all are trying to get rid of all my players. I’ve got free agents. Y’all want to restructure everyone’s contract. You’re running everybody out of town.”
Raiders head coach Jon Gruden raved about Irvin’s motor on the football field and said that he has plans in place for him next season.
Via an article written by Anthony Galaviz of The Fresno Bee, coach Gruden said that he really likes what type of player Irvin is for Oakland.
“I like Bruce Irvin,” Gruden said on Wednesday during the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis. “He played through a back problem earlier in the season. He’s still a very good pass rusher. He plays with good effort. We just need to get him some help so he can do the things he can do best often.”
In six seasons in the NFL after he was selected No. 15 overall by the Seattle Seahawks in the 2012 NFL Draft, Irvin has made 37.0 sacks, 246 total tackles, forced 14 fumbles, hauled in three interceptions and has two defensive touchdowns.