Bruce Irvin takes the high road with the Raiders

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The Raiders said goodbye to linebacker Bruce Irvin on Saturday, and linebacker Bruce Irvin has now said goodbye to the Raiders.

Thank you for your part in my journey,” Irvin tweeted. “Specifically thank you to owner Mark Davis, G.M. Reggie McKenzie, Coach Jon Gruden, and the entire Raiders organization. I will always cherish my experience with the Oakland Raiders. As the seasons change, so do our roles and I look forward to continuing my journey with the NFL.”

Irvin took the high road even though the Raiders undoubtedly waited until after the trade deadline to release Irvin, so that his contract would be subject to waivers. If Irvin had been cut before October 30, he would have instantly become a free agent. More importantly, he would have been eligible to collect the balance of his $8 million base salary as termination pay, along with the ability to keep whatever he makes after signing elsewhere.

Now, Irvin will be subject to waivers. If someone claims his contract, the Raiders will avoid any further financial obligation to Irvin. If he goes unclaimed, Irvin will be able to collect $3.7 million from the Raiders, along with whatever he makes from a new team. More importantly, he’d get to pick his next destination, avoiding the possibility of landing with a new team nearly as bad as his old team.

61 responses to “Bruce Irvin takes the high road with the Raiders

  1. Maybe all this will be forgotten in a few years if the Raiders have some success, but OH MAN are they stretching the bounds of what is ethically acceptable. And yeah yeah “It’s a business, it’s a business,” but come on. Not like they the need money they would have paid him this year. Just lame.

  2. I thought Gruden would be decent. He’s just turned into another Chip Kelly. Hopefully for the Raiders sake Reggie McKenzie turns into Howie Roseman and ousts him, but it’s doubtful with that one hundred million dollar deal.

  3. Rumor has it, he yelled at Gruden during a team meeting and had to be restrained by teammates and personnel.. Which led to his release, I imagine he told Gruden off, and said what every player on the team wanted to say..

  4. The moves Gruden has made may make little sense now but what he does with the draft picks will be the proof in the pudding. I seem to remember Cowboy fans (including myself) cursing JJ for trading Walker. That ended up turning out ok. Course Gruden is no Jimmy Johnson….

  5. Gruden’s got those blinders on. Laser focused on something. Not sure if it’s a mic drop after he drives the franchise into the ground just in time for Vegas or if he’s not as crazy as he seems and he genuinely knows what he’s doing. Guess we’ll see in 3 years or so.

  6. So either he gets paid 3.7M by the raiders plus what somebody else pays him, or the new team picks up his already existing contract if they get him on the wire, and either way he’s climbed outta that dumpster fire? He’s probably elated right now!

  7. We’ve all seen teams tank deliberately (like “Suck for Luck”),but has a team ever done it as obviously as this? It should not be allowed by the NFL,but,well,it’s the NFL,where pretty much anything goes. Might as well just welcome Justin Herbert to the Raiders…

  8. I’m surprised he didn’t tweet about making babies. The guy was a waste of a roster spot and I’m glad he’s gone.

  9. Maybe.eventually,perhaps, the NFL will have to use a lottery system for the 1st. round of the draft for teams not in the playoffs.

  10. I’m going to go with the OTHER side of the Gruden bashers and say :

    BRUCE IRViN was getting 8 MILLION $$ this year?

    WHAT?

    Gruden didnt sign up for that…..Hes got the BALLS to say F that!

  11. bradygirl12 says:
    Might as well just welcome Justin Herbert to the Raiders…
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    Justin Herbert has made noise of late about possibly returning to Oregon for another season. If (when) the Raiders end up with the top pick it may seal his decision to stay where he is.

  12. Wish him the best but let’s get serious, stop trying to take Browns headlines away, much more interesting team

  13. 6 tackles
    3 sacks
    1 forced fumble
    0 assists

    In 8 games.

    At $8mil:

    And people are slamming Gruden and the team for releasing him? The ignorance and lack of football knowledge of the average nfl fan is stunning…

  14. 907lyf says:
    November 3, 2018 at 10:54 pm

    And people are slamming Gruden and the team for releasing him? The ignorance and lack of football knowledge of the average nfl fan is stunning…

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    What about the Mack move?
    What about the Cooper move?

    Gruden is a back stabber, and players know it.

  15. Seems like a move that benefits all. If Irvin is claimed Raiders save some dough. If not, he can go to a contender or wherever he wants. The Raiders are looking to 2019 and more realistically 2020. Hurts to know that but that’s reality.

  16. Good luck signing decent FA’s now Chucky.

    The most iver rated coach ever. He won a ring with s team Dungy Built and excelled in the Superbowl because I the team he played against used the playbook he knew. After that game he slowly got worst every year. He should be in jail for the money he is stealing from Raider nation!

  17. Is Gruden a genius or is his return to the Raiders only been to destroy the franchise on some half witted revenge against Al trading him away. As a fan of the Raiders I’m hoping it’s not the latter…

  18. This isnt just about Gruden. Their GM came from and environment of cheap ball (GB) and he is an expert at it. Any disgruntled player is seen as someone you can do without including the salary. Get picks and or let them go without compensating them is the Packers game plan too.

  19. 907lyf says:
    November 3, 2018 at 10:54 pm
    6 tackles
    3 sacks
    1 forced fumble
    0 assists

    In 8 games.

    At $8mil:

    And people are slamming Gruden and the team for releasing him? The ignorance and lack of football knowledge of the average nfl fan is stunning…

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    I think people are slamming the team for how they handled his release. Of course, that could be because I took the time to read the entire article with an open mind.

  20. BI handled it like a pro. Well done.

    He was underperforming, nonetheless. Won’t be missed.

    Just more fodder for Gruden bashers. Hopefully will thin the ranks of fake members of The Nation.

  21. bradygirl12 says:
    November 3, 2018 at 9:05 pm
    We’ve all seen teams tank deliberately (like “Suck for Luck”),but has a team ever done it as obviously as this? It should not be allowed by the NFL,but,well,it’s the NFL,where pretty much anything goes. Might as well just welcome Justin Herbert to the Raiders…

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    Why exactly should it not be allowed? And who is going to arbitrarily decide who is tanking and who isn’t? Two unanswerable questions. Always going to be allowed.

  22. If another team was willing to take on the remaining 3.7, they would have made a bottom basement trade for him, like their 6th rounder for the Irving and the Raiders 7th round pick. If another team was willing to trade for him but didn’t want to pay the remaining money, I would think the Raiders, foreseeing the obvious 3.7mil payment to Irving, would make a bottom basement trade with the interested team while also sharing the remaining 3.7mil burden. Neither happened, so it should be assumed that the chances are very high the Raiders will be paying all 3.7mil even though the player isn’t on their roster anymore. So…why cut him now?

  23. sbdt says:
    November 3, 2018 at 8:05 pm
    And yeah yeah “It’s a business, it’s a business,” but come on. Not like they the need money they would have paid him this year. Just lame.

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    You do know the Raiders are literally broke until 2020, right?? They could not sign Mack if they wanted to because they literally don’t have the cash to put into escrow to guarantee his signing bonus. Gruden has 3/4 of his contract backloaded on the final 5 years because they don’t have the cash to pay him up front. Mark Davis sold non-voting ownership shares just to raise the cash to make payroll. Just why do you think they are moving?

    Not to mention, Bruce Irvin has 6 tackles and 3 sacks. He’s healthy and only played 7 snaps last game. He’s making $8m and is known to be unhappy. Releasing him is a no brainer, and it gives a 32 year old situational player who’s career is winding down a chance to catch on with a contender.

  24. We need someone to dissect that gruden contract and see if there’s any kind of out or clause or if it’s straight up locked in for 10 years paying 100m no matter what. Someone get on this!

  25. He will get paid either way. Why is it a problem that they waited to cut him? You can’t blame the Raiders for making smart financial business decisions if they’ve already decided to cut him from the team.

  26. 907lyf says:
    November 3, 2018 at 10:54 pm
    6 tackles
    3 sacks
    1 forced fumble
    0 assists

    In 8 games.

    At $8mil:

    And people are slamming Gruden and the team for releasing him? The ignorance and lack of football knowledge of the average nfl fan is stunning…

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    The team has 7 sacks total. No he isn’t a great every down defender but he still can rush the passer and was the best one they got. You don’t look to save money at this time of the year, it doesn’t do you any good. Had they done this to start the year and sign Mack you might have a point but they just cutting guys for no apparent reason. Sorry but you aren’t showing a ton of football knowledge here yourself. All Gruden is doing is telling his team he has given up for the year and it showed in the teams last performance. He will go down as one of the worse decisions made by an owner. Mark is becoming his father but skipping the part when he was competent and going straight to the crazy version.

  27. Not a Raiders fan by any means, but I’m pretty sure they did what all 31 other teams would do. They probably tried trading Bruce, and after the deadline passed they decided to just release him. I don’t see what’s so surprising here.

  28. Hard to get sacks when you’re always down by 30 his talent is wasted on a team you aren’t afraid of.

  29. Gruden the ESPN Coach way always better than the NFL Coach signed a long term Fan of the NFC south who remember Gruden the HC wasn’t very good

  30. He would have been the first guy I got rid of. I’m guessing they tried like hell to trade him but No one wanted to pay 9 million for a bellow average linebacker.

  31. How long before the authorities are called in because Derek Carr is found in a corner blubbering in the fetal position?

  32. I don’t agree with the premise that the Raiders’ waiting past the trade deadline to release Irvin harms the player: either way Irvin gets paid the balance of his contract and becomes a free agent. On the other hand, they could have traded him for a conditional 7th round pick, and agreed to pay the balance of his contract this year. In that scenario, Irvin would have been obligated to play for a team not of his choice, and that WOULD have been a punk move.

  33. dlw492 says:
    November 3, 2018 at 8:11 pm

    Rumor has it, he yelled at Gruden during a team meeting and had to be restrained by teammates and personnel.. Which led to his release, I imagine he told Gruden off, and said what every player on the team wanted to say..

    If true, good way to get out of a crap situation and still get paid!

  34. Irvin is a marginal player at best and he’s smart enough to know that the only way that he can get a roster spot is by ingratiating himself to the HC and owner of whichever team is foolish enough to sign him. In that respect, he certainly meets the definition of a “Gruden Grinder”.

    He looked decent when Khalil Mack was with the Raiders but that was because opposing teams assigned multiple blockers to contain Mack. Irvin was exposed this year without Mack on the other side.

  35. 907lyf says:
    November 3, 2018 at 10:54 pm
    6 tackles
    3 sacks
    1 forced fumble
    0 assists
    In 8 games.
    At $8mil:
    And people are slamming Gruden and the team for releasing him? The ignorance and lack of football knowledge of the average nfl fan is stunning…
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    Well, what’s really stunning is NFL fans like you that spout of some stats without doing a little research: his 3 sacks account for 43% of the Raiders total sacks; he played 9 snaps on Thursday. He leads the league with 11 forced fumbles since 2016. Raiders aren’t interested in winning or paying older players. Jordy Nelson will be jettisoned before the season is over.

  36. William Race says:
    November 3, 2018 at 8:44 pm

    The moves Gruden has made may make little sense now but what he does with the draft picks will be the proof in the pudding. I seem to remember Cowboy fans (including myself) cursing JJ for trading Walker. That ended up turning out ok. Course Gruden is no Jimmy Johnson….

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    If Gruden was even a fraction as good as Jimmy Johnson was at drafting then I’d be feeling okay about this. But the fact is that based on his track record with the Bucs and in the 2018 Raiders draft (especially Kolton Miller & Brandon Parker) he can’t hit the broadside of a barn with his selections. So there is next to no reason to believe that the draft picks acquired from the Bears and Cowboys will pan out if Gruden is the one controlling the draft.

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