Bruce Irvin’s move to Raiders won’t impact already low fantasy value

Michael Moore examines the fantasy impact of the Raiders signing linebacker Bruce Irvin.

| 8 months ago
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(Photo by Brian Bahr/Getty Images)

Bruce Irvin’s move to Raiders won’t impact already low fantasy value

The Oakland Raiders continued their free agent spending spree by signing former Seahawks linebacker Bruce Irvin to a four-year, $37 million deal. The move came shortly after signing offensive lineman Kelechi Osemele.

Irvin will be part of a transition on the Oakland defense from veterans Justin Tuck and Charles Woodson to a supporting cast built around star linebacker Khalil Mack.

Oakland moved fast to replace Aldon Smith, who became a free agent and has a one-year suspension. In Irvin, the Raiders are receiving a much more reliable linebacker to pair with stud pass-rusher Mack.

Irvin recorded positive PFF grades in three of his four seasons with the Seattle Seahawks, and he has missed only six games over his career. For Oakland, stability along the defensive front was key, given Tuck’s retirement and Mario Edwards’ neck injury. But while the Raiders may be paying Irvin for his experience — and on one of the greatest defenses of this decade, no less — it won’t necessarily translate to individual production.

Irvin has never fared well in traditional IDP stats like tackles and sacks. His career-highs in each are 40 and eight, respectively. That fact shouldn’t change in Oakland where, besides middle linebacker Curtis Lofton, no Raider linebacker had more than 77 tackles and no Raider player had more than four sacks besides Mack.

There is one positive factor that could bode well for Irvin’s fantasy production: His defensive coordinator in Oakland is Ken Norton, Jr., who coached linebackers in Seattle. He also coached Irvin to his best tackle and sack single-season totals, mentioned above. But even if Norton gets a career-year out of Irvin, he’s still well off the IDP radar. This is a move that has much more impact on the field than in your fantasy league.

Michael Moore has written for PFF Fantasy since 2013, focusing primarily on dynasty content. He’s also hosted the PFF Fantasy Slant Podcast since 2014.

  • Ron

    Total geeks who run this crap site…..

    • Rodrigo

      Someone is salty he doesn’t watch football games for a living.
      A living way better than yours,by the way.

  • Keith

    I am a life-long Raider Fan and I was utterly disappointed with this signing. He is a malcontent and will be a below average contributor to a rising defensive unit at best. Oakland certainly would have been better off grabbing Vernon, Hayes or Shelby to offset loss of Mario at DE and went after Danny Trevathan to anchor the middle for the next 5-years.

    • Michael Stinnett

      Malcontent? Where? This is LITERALLY the first time I heard that…. Maybe YOU aren’t impressed with the signing but we fans who know something, are quite content with this. Hell, I’m happy with everything we’ve done so far. You’re talking about a loss at de where you have NO CLUE how long he’s out. Just be a fan and root for who’s on our team man.

  • Keith

    Wow Mr. Stinnett. Defensive are we?
    Irvin was jettisoned from SEA by the leagues most beloved “Player’s” Coach because he tried to leverage his average performance into a pre-mature contract extension on the heels of a Super bowl win, which he made public. Not only did this distraction affect his team, but cemented the decision not to exercise a 5th year option. Thereafter, he publicized his desire to follow Quinn to Atlanta in Free Agency. Hence the title Malcontent!
    If he had Navarro Bowman stats, this incident might have been overlooked. But his stats do not lie – he’s an average player at best, and for the money Oakland paid, at 29, he just ain’t worth it. There are 5-6 other younger OLBs on the market right now with higher upside than Irvin.
    And just for your information, last I checked, this is still America. A forum is intended to communicate ideas, thoughts and to share perspective. Grow up and learn to expand your little mind!