Irvin, who spent the first four years of his career in Seattle where he won a Super Bowl, notched a career-high 57 tackles during his debut campaign with the Raiders in 2016. He also tied for the league-lead in forced fumbles with six, while racking up seven sacks in the process, as offensive lines were forced to focus more heavily on Defensive Player of the Year Khalil Mack at defensive end. With three years left on his contract, Irvin is slated to once again start at outside linebacker in 2017 for one of the league's top passing-rushing defenses on the exterior.
Irvin joins the Raiders after spending his first four seasons in the league with the Seahawks. The 28-year-old plays with a ballhawking mentality, boasting 22 sacks, four forced fumbles, three interceptions, two defensive touchdowns, and two fumble recoveries in 58 career games to date. He'll team up with Malcolm Smith and Khalil Mack to form one of the nastiest pass-rushing defenses in the league, making him late-round option in deep IDP leagues.
This is likely Irvin's last year in Seattle. The Seahawks declined to pick up his $7.8 million fifth-year option, which sent Irvin to Twitter to profanely express his disappointment. While he is probably the best pure athlete on a team blessed with great speed and quickness, he hasn't come close to living up to his status as the 15th overall draft pick in 2012. He's best as a situational pass rusher rather than an every-down strongside linebacker, where he totaled only 38 tackles last year (he added 6.5 sacks and two interceptions). But, Irvin's contract status is not just about performance -- he's also a victim of the salary cap. After investing in Bobby Wagner and K.J. Wright, the Seahawks simply don't have cap room for another high-priced linebacker. Because of his freak athletic ability, he'll likely get paid next year in free agency, but by a team other than the Seahawks.
A 2012 first-round pick, Irvin appears to be a man without a position. He's at his best rushing the quarterback, but he's too small to play the run, which limits his snaps. The Seahawks moved him to OLB last season to keep him on the field more, but he was a bit overmatched, only keeping up thanks to his elite speed and athleticism. He's expected to need most of training camp to recover from hip surgery and could start the year on the PUP list. This is could be his last year in Seattle if the Seahawks need his (albeit relatively small) cap space next season.
Irvin set a Seahawks rookie record with eight sacks last season and