ALAMEDA, California – The Oakland Raiders have told Bruce Irvin's defensive end that they will release him, ending a 2½ year tenure with the team.

Irvin was not on the NFL Transaction line on Saturday, which means he can not be released until 4:00 pm. ET Monday. If released, he will relinquish it.

Irvin thanked the Raiders organization on a Saturday afternoon:

"We would like to thank Bruce Irvin for his many years at the Oakland Raiders and wish him well," said General Manager Reggie McKenzie.

Irvin was named defensive captain before the start of the season, but saw a significant decline in his playing time and scored just nine defensive snaps on the San Francisco 49ers (34-3) on Thursday night.

He moved from outside Linebacker in this offseason and was a bookend pusher at Khalil Mack before Mack was traded to the Chicago Bears on September 1.

Irvin, who had eight careers against Mack last season, fought as the main goalkeeper and picked up three sacks in eight games, leading the team. Oakland has seven lowest sacksacks in the season.

Irvin has ranked some in the organization as he told reporters after the Raiders' 27-3 defeat of the Seattle Seahawks in London, "We lost, but I have a beautiful wife to go home with, boy. I'm going to try to make babies, man. "

Under returning coach Jon Gruden, the Raiders have demolished a lineup likely to reflect the 2016 12-4 season, with defense and quarterback Derek Carr and receiver Amari Cooper in Mack and Irvin. Only Carr remains, as Cooper was traded to the Dallas Cowboys on October 22. In addition, veteran Cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie has retired last week.

Gruden was asked on Friday about Irvin's diminished role.

"Well, last night we were not very much in our nickel defense," Gruden said. "Remember, we are a 4-3 team, we are not 3-4, so sometimes he does not fit in the basic defense to the role we needed to play, we did not have a lead, we did not have a lot of opponents behind them Chains, so his role has been reduced, I know he's frustrated, I'm frustrated, we'll try to solve that as soon as possible, he's a good player, he's a good player. "

But not with the Raiders, who are 1-7.

Irvin, who turned 31 on Thursday, had six tackles this season, one for a loss and a forced fumble.

He had a base salary of $ 8 million this season with a salary cap of $ 8.25 million and should earn $ 9 million in 2019 with a $ 9.25 million cap. However, the next year's salary was not guaranteed.

When Irvin came into the season, Irvin was worried when Gruden said it was the defensive end of the novice Arden Key's "time" and this Irvin "must be rolled up in 2018".

"I just said," I think you have it backwards, "Irvin told ESPN at the time." It's Bruce Irvin's time, and Arden Key needs to take another step up. "

"I mean, at the end of the day, we both have to ascend," Irvin added. "So that's what it is."



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