Veteran defensive tackle David Irving didn’t waste his time finding a new team since being conditionally reinstated by NFL earlier this month. According to multiple reports, Irving agreed to a deal with Las Vegas Raiders.
Irving last played in NFL in 2018, making two appearances with Dallas Cowboys. Since then, he served multiple suspensions for violating the league’s substance-abuse policy while also briefly retiring from professional football.
Irving is expected to first join the Raiders’ practice squad and be promoted to the active roster once he gets in game shape.
Shortly after Irving’s reinstatement, multiple teams showed interest in signing him. The Raiders, however, were the fastest to bring the 27-year-old Irving for a visit and have now secured his signature.
It is believed that the big role in Irving’s decision was played by Raiders’ defensive line coach Rod Marinelli, considering the pair worked closely together in Dallas.
David Irving entered the league in 2015 as Kansas City Chiefs’ free-agent signing but was snapped by Dallas Cowboys before making his pro debut. Irving went on to play 37 games in the NFL in Cowboys’ jersey, totaling 56 tackles, 12.5 sacks, and 30 QB hits.