A familiar face, formerly of the Kansas City Chiefs, could be heading West to a division rival.
According to reports from ESPN Insider Field Yates and Dallas Morning News’ Cowboys reporter Michael Gehlken on Saturday, free agent DE David Irving is scheduled to work out for the Las Vegas Raiders next week, in what could be a possible reunion with his former defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli.
That didn’t take long: the Raiders will be hosting former Cowboys DL David Irving on a tryout. If signed, he’d reunite with Rod Marinelli. A talented player when on the field.
— Field Yates (@FieldYates) October 17, 2020
Former Cowboys DC Rod Marinelli will be the first to evaluate free agent DL David Irving since his conditional reinstatement Friday from suspension. Irving to visit the Las Vegas Raiders next week. Marinelli the D-line coach there.
— Michael Gehlken (@GehlkenNFL) October 17, 2020
The 27-year-old was conditionally reinstated by the league on Friday, 19 months after being indefinitely suspended for violating the league’s Policy and Program for Substances of Abuse, the second of his career.
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Irving Most Recently Played For The Cowboys in 2018
Irving originally signed with the Chiefs as an undrafted free agent following the 2015 NFL Draft. He was added to the team’s practice squad prior to the start of the regular season before the Cowboys signed him away about three weeks later. In four seasons with Dallas from 2015-18, Irving posted 56 total tackles, 12.5 sacks, 12 pass breakups and five forced fumbles in 37 games (10 starts).
While it’s still to be determined how much the talented pass rusher has left in the tank, his best season came three years ago in 2017 when he posted a career-high 7.0 sacks in eight games. His potential return to the league comes as a bit of a surprise considering he told his social media followers on Instagram Live that he was quitting football prior to his most recent suspension taking effect.
“Basically guys, I quit,” Irving said on March 7, 2019. “They want to talk about a suspension and all this other nonsense. I’m out of there. I’m not doing this (expletive) no more.”
Chiefs Make 2 Roster Moves on Saturday
After about 48 hours of speculation and a social media pitch from DT Chris Jones, the defending Super Bowl champions reportedly signed free agent RB Le’Veon Bell on Thursday night. On Saturday, the team confirmed the signing via it’s official Twitter account, along with a corresponding roster move to make room for the two-time All-Pro running back.
We have signed free agent RB Le'Veon Bell.
G Kelechi Osemele has been placed on Injured Reserve.
— Kansas City Chiefs (@Chiefs) October 17, 2020
The decision to place LG Kelechi Osemele on injured reserve effectively ends his 2020 season after the ninth-year veteran suffered torn tendons in both knees while attempting a downfield block in the first quarter of Week 5.
The 31-year-old, who was signed as a direct replacement for Laurent Duvernay-Tardif after the Chiefs’ starting guard became the first NFL player to opt out of the 2020 campaign due to COVID-19, had looked like a true difference-maker for the offense through the first quarter of the season. In the short term, fellow ninth-year OL Mike Remmers will have the first opportunity to fill the void left by Osemele.
Before allowing three sacks to the Raiders in Week 5, Kansas City’s offensive line didn’t allow more than one sack in any of the season’s first four games. With six sacks allowed to date, the Chiefs’ front remains on pace to surrender only 19 sacks for the season (compared to 25 in 2019) and is currently tied for the fourth-fewest allowed across the NFL.