Report: Cowboys plan to move on from David Irving

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The Cowboys have no plans to re-sign defensive lineman David Irving, David Moore of the Dallas Morning News reports.

Irving played only two games last season, seeing the field for 56 snaps. He had one sack and two quarterback pressures.

He was diagnosed with a high-ankle sprain during the Oct. 21 game against Washington and never played again despite remaining on the roster. Irving was not a regular participant in his rehab, Moore reports.

Still, the Cowboys paid Irving $2.9 million in 2018 as a restricted free agent. He becomes an unrestricted free agent next month.

Irving, 25, has served suspensions in back-to-back seasons. He opened the 2018 season with a four-game suspension for violation of the NFL’s substance abuse policy after violating the PED policy in 2017.

He also missed all of the offseason program and training camp dealing with off the field issues, including a custody battle for his daughter.

The Cowboys, though, continued to be mesmerized by Irving’s talent. He had seven sacks in eight games in 2017 after a 2016 game against the Packers when he earned NFC defensive player of the week honors for a sack, three forced fumbles, a fumble recovery and a pass breakup in only 19 snaps.

18 responses to “Report: Cowboys plan to move on from David Irving

  1. Rumors are he has skipped all the mandatory drug test He was suppose to take the last 2 months. Awaiting another suspension. If thats the case, he is not playing anywhere.

  2. They need to move on. It’s players like this that in the long run
    hurt the Cowboys. They tease ownership and destroy position rooms.
    Even if he was not in danger of an additional drug suspension .
    which I’m betting is assured …he is such a bad guy, a bad teammate and
    can be a horrible example for young players ..he is clearly not worth the aggravation.

  3. maverick2560 says:
    February 18, 2019 at 8:17 pm

    They need to move on. It’s players like this that in the long run
    hurt the Cowboys. They tease ownership and destroy position rooms.
    Even if he was not in danger of an additional drug suspension .
    which I’m betting is assured …he is such a bad guy, a bad teammate and
    can be a horrible example for young players ..he is clearly not worth the aggravation.

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    Nice story. Not really accurate, though. The “position room” has been doing just fine, in fact it’s been improving by leaps & bounds during his time with the team. And for a time, he was a remarkable contributor to it. It’s sad that it appears to not be working out, but remember that other “players like this”, like Gregory and Collins, have become productive contributors to the team despite earlier questions and rough patches.

    Personally, I’d rather give chances to the likes of Irving than the diva egomaniacs who’ve been all over the news lately.

  4. He is out of excuses. Seriously doubt he will be picked up by any serious team. What a waste of talent! Nowhere in the world can these guys hope to earn anywhere near the amount of their weekly NFL check. This guy could have been playing for nearly 1,000,000 dollars per week. Goodness!

  5. Talented, but troubled. It’s sad when someone who has so much potential, just blows up their own careers. He will look back on this when he’s older and regret the decisions he made.

  6. qualitysmoke says:
    February 19, 2019 at 1:24 am
    Welcome to New England, we pay in peanuts, exposure, success and rings

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    He’d be perfect for New England. Far from the toughest case they’d have worked with. He would wreak havoc on that line.

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