Las Vegas Raiders Sign David Irving, a Big Deal on Defense

The Las Vegas Raiders have added former Dallas Cowboy David Irving to the roster and it is a big deal for Rod Marinelli and the defensive line.
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The Las Vegas Raiders announced the signing of ex-Dallas Cowboys pass rusher David Irving.

After being reinstated back into the league, Irving visited the Raiders this past weekend in hopes of returning to the NFL.

The 27-year-old pass rusher will spend time in the Raiders practice squad as he returns to form.

Irving has not played an NFL game since 2018, which he only played two games that season.

After being suspended by the league for failing the league's substance abuse policy, Irving decided to retire from football in part due to the league's marijuana policy.

Irving's signing comes as no surprise; Irving will reunite with Raiders defensive line coach Rod Marinelli, his position coach in Dallas.

Irving had a promising career under Marinelli, recording 12.5 sacks, 17 tackles for loss, and 12 pass deflections in 37 games over four seasons with the Cowboys.

The old CBA's guidelines were much stricter than what has been in place today.

And as expected, the new NFL's collective bargaining agreement will look very different from what it looked back in the days when Irving was fined and suspended.

This will include a new drug policy in which players will no longer be suspended for positive marijuana tests. A new threshold for a positive test will also be put in place, raising THC's allowed amount from 35 nanograms to 150.

Whether he had a change of heart on football or the new CBA guidelines lured him back into football, the Raiders have picked up a young and talented pass rusher right on time to make a push in the AFC.

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