Ah, the genius of Jon Gruden. Witness it and marvel! When we were talking about the Oakland Raiders fire sale, we mentioned veteran pass rusher Bruce Irvin as a possible target for the Green Bay Packers.
The Raiders didn’t trade Irvin before the deadline. Instead, they released him on Saturday.
That surely sounds pretty stupid and the Raiders have plenty of that — stupid. However, it’s possible Irvin’s $9 million salary was a non-starter for some teams when it came to a trade.
The good news is, anyone can sign Irvin now for whatever they want. Well, almost…
Irvin is subject to waivers. If a team were to claim him, they’d be on the hook for about $4 million in salary over the course of the remainder of the season. Most likely, Irvin will not be claimed. He would then become an unrestricted free agent.
And that’s when the Packers should make a call.
Irvin was miscast with the Raiders this season. They ran a 4-3 and had Irvin at defensive end. Irvin is much better suited to playing a 3-4 outside linebacker. That’s an area where the Packers have been lacking. And yes, I am looking directly at you Nick Perry, you overpaid bum.
Clay Matthews hasn’t been great, but he’s had some moments and played a hell of a game last week. Reggie Gilbert hasn’t come on like expected and Kyler Fackrell is still Kyler Fackrell.
So the Packers could use some juice at the position.
Consider this. The team leaders in sacks are a nose tackle (Kenny Clark), an inside linebacker (Blake Martinez) and Fackrell. They are tied with four sacks. Fackrell got three of his sacks in garbage time against the Bills.
Irvin has three sacks this season, even though his playing time had diminished to almost nothing.
Also, horseface. Irvin currently leads the league in horseface.
Nonetheless, Packers general manager Brian Gutekunst best be on the phone to Irvin’s agent tomorrow.