David Irving Available?

February 28th, 2018

Anyone remember when America’s Quarterback faced America’s Team?

It was a Sunday Night Football nationally televised game. The Bucs were in a December 2016 playoff hunt and actually held a lead in the fourth quarter.

Then David Irving went bananas.

Playing at left defensive end against swinging saloon doors Gosder Cherilus, Irving made him look so awful one would suspect Cherilus was playing on one leg, which we found out later Cherilus was. Irving had two sacks, two quarterback hurries and a deflected pass all in the fourth quarter while Bucs offense went into a bomb shelter and the Cowboys rallied for the win.

It seemed that was the breakout game for Irving, who only played in eight games for the Cowboys last year but he had seven sacks.

Yesterday, per David Helmen, a staff writer for DallasCowboys.com, the Cowboys will tender Irving, a restricted free agent, but Cowboys executive Stephen Jones did not reveal what draft-slot bounty will be slapped on Irving’s head.

So Irving could be signed by another team, and the Cowboys would have to match or exceed the offer, otherwise Irving would leave and his new team would cough up a draft pick to Dallas

The red flag with Irving is that he served a four-game suspension for flunking a whiz quiz last year. The next time? It’s eight games.

The Bucs are so desperate for a pass rush it is not funny. And with the news Tuesday that Ziggy Ansah will be franchised by the Lions, the slim pickings for when the free agency dinner bell rings in two weeks is even slimmer.

Does Bucs AC/DC-loving general manager Jason Licht throw caution to the wind, take a deep breath and pony up for this guy, Irving?

31 Responses to “David Irving Available?”

  1. SteveK Says:

    We can’t afford to part with draft picks for a player that was suspended for PEDs.

    Also, this should echo and ask our GM why the hell we didn’t get Calais Campbell last year?

    Now we are stuck with our backs against the wall, forced to sign a lesser talent and cough up a draft pick to do so.

    For phucks sake, our Bucs are in trouble.

    If Jameis is suspended next year, than we are toast. It would be HUGE to know Jameis’ status going into the draft, as I would snatch up a QB at 7 if ours is suspended for being a moron.

  2. Evolvingbucfan Says:

    I am also influenced by this women wearing an Irving shirt, can some one please read the article to me as i am entranced by this picture, aslo hbing a herd tim lookin as me keybord…pleez escuse any splong misteaks….

  3. Tom Edrington Says:

    SteveK is exactly right….

  4. buckleup Says:

    Agree need to keep all our draft picks and try to get more

  5. Beionny Says:

    I moved from Tampa to Dallas in 2010 and have been so loyal to my team that everytime the Cowboys beat us my phone blows up for a solid hour immediately afterwards. Anyway, yes I remember David Irving coming out of nowhere and single handedly beating us in the 4th Quarter. He harassed Jameis everytime he was in the game yet the guy only had one sack in the previous seven games. Reminded me of how Julius Peppers would torment us back in the day… memories of sorrow.

  6. ChanEpic Says:

    One more vote for SteveK’s take. We HAVE to learn the lesson the Doug Martin taught us. Stay away from the PED people. There is a reason they are taking them.

  7. LakeLand Says:

    The Bucs need to bring high-character guys to the team.

  8. BetterBuccinBelieveIt Says:

    Neah, this is not the player that you push all the chips in on.

    My vote is for Vinny Curry in PHI, much more proven, full time DE in more of a spotlight with more demand asked of him for the past 3 years. That’s where to use the draft capital at DE. I still say Geno Atkins could be had from Cincy!!

    Unload GMC to Indy, especially if we kick in some cash too, which teams rarely do. That will get the job done, say $2 mill per year left on his contract.

    Go Bucs!

  9. Evolvingbucfan Says:

    Aww c’mon Joe was only implying that its hard to look away from the great picture, only thing i read on this page was Irving on her t-shirt, article was probably descent i assume…lol

  10. tmaxcon Says:


    The bucs need DRIVEN TALENTED WINNERS! The choirboy expirement started under dungy and that peaked under Dominick has failed miserably… talented driven winners are needed. no more choirboy losers like cancer93 they smile but have nt concept of winning or what being great is all about.

  11. I'm a Tandyman Bucs Fan Says:

    If that is Davidette Irving Joe I say sign her yesterday!!! She can be on my team any day. Damn son keeping all the JBF’s interest with great articles like this one.

  12. DayOnePaul Says:

    The girls are back?
    Hell Yeah!

  13. Jolly Bucs Fan Says:

    Stevek is a moron thinking we should take a qb at 7. Dumbest idea i have heard this year.

  14. BringBucsBack Says:

    Jolly, that idea is not as dumb as screwing your team, career and fans because you have no self control! Operative word SteveK said was “‘if’ J-miss is suspended…” Especially in a QB strong draft, it would be foolhardy to ignore a viable replacement.

  15. darin Says:

    Steve. I couldnt disagree more. If they feel he has gotten past his issues then definitely part with a draft pick for this guy. If its a 2nd or lower I’m in. There are very few options this year and something HAS to be done. As we know the draft is not DE heavy. N goodness do i hope licht doesnt trade away more picks to move up for chubb. If so there goes the 2nd rounder. He better find someone or more in FA or trades. Options are running low already after franchise tags. Do it Licht

  16. Bucsfanman Says:

    I’m not convinced with this guy. We have had plenty of “part-time” players at this position.

  17. Bucsfanman Says:

    Oh, and hola mamita!

  18. grafikdetail Says:

    so sick of the jameis hating, should have drafted mariota, choir boy loving buffoons that show up whenever winston has a valley in his young NFL career but disappear when he hit career highs & is playing well… bet not one QB in this year’s draft will throw anywhere near 12,000 yards before their rookie contract is up

  19. jared depiro Says:


    How is Jameis going to progress If everyone is calling for his head, this guy is on pace to do amazing things and he is only 24. The Bucs knew his issues with maturity and turnovers when they drafted him, he’s on pace to be great, look at what he did the last four games when he was FULLY healthy

    Det- 26/38, 285yds 2tds and 2ints
    ATL-27/35, 299yds, 3TDs ZERO ints
    Car- 21/27, 367yards, 1 td and zero picks
    NO- 28/51, 363 yards, 1 td and three ints

    Evan with the last game being a little bad, he overcame adversity against the division winners playing all their starters. If he can cut down the fumbles, hes going to be great

  20. LUVMYBUCS Says:

    Solid Rotational Vet.

    Bears released DE/OLB – Willie Young 6’5/251 (Age:32)
    • 2017 – Sacks: 2.0
    • 2016 – Sacks: 6.5
    • 2015 – Sacks: 7.5
    • 2014 – Sacks: 10.0
    Avg: 6.5 sacks per season (2014-2017)

    Note: Missed Most of 2017 w/Torn Bicep

  21. LakeLand Says:


    High character players are a must for any team that has championship goals. It takes players that are willing to step up and lead and get everyone moving towards one common purpose. Players like this are invaluable to a team.

    Holds Teammates Accountable

    Great teams are players led, and that means that the leaders of a team need to make sure that they are holding their teammates accountable. If a teammate is acting in a way that hinders the team’s success, there needs to be leaders on the team to step up and say something.

    High character players are able to lead their teammates because they have already been modeling the team first attitude. They don’t allow anything or anyone to take away from the team’s success.

  22. 813bucboi Says:

    I think what’s really going to help him is the versatility of his game. He can play defensive tackle in the 4-3. He could play defensive end in a 3-4. I know you could play him as a base end in a 4-3 and kick him inside in a sub-package.

    that was mike mayock describing taven bryan…….

    if chubb and nelson are off the board, we need to trade down for this guy…..at 6’5 291 he can play inside or out….43 or 34…..good character….high motor….mean streak…..quick get off…..he game is similar to cam Jordan….he uses a quick get off and brute strength to get after QB’s……

    if we draft vita vea he’s only playing NT……we need someone that has the versatility to play multiple position along the line and taven would give us that…..

    #NOEXCUSESIN2018!!!!!….GO BUCS!!!!!

  23. 813bucboi Says:


    willie young would be nice…..

    #NOEXCUSESIN2018!!!!!….GO BUCS!!!!!

  24. Jeffbuc Says:

    Screw the article who is that chick

  25. Mike Johnson Says:

    No excuses this time around guys. Koetter was learning. Smitty was makin adjustments. Thats Pure Horse Manure!! Jameis suspended, we couldn’t find the right player..set’em up..Excuses galore. Koetter..you and your road dog Smitty either finish 8-8 or pack your bags. Buc fans are FINALLY..sick and tired of all the hype. Crap or get off the pot baby! And I can’t wait to see what we will do. Good Luck! Now if only the babe posted in the picture was available………….

  26. Brandon Says:

    February 28th, 2018 at 10:29 am
    Solid Rotational Vet.

    Bears released DE/OLB – Willie Young 6’5/251 (Age:32)
    • 2017 – Sacks: 2.0
    • 2016 – Sacks: 6.5
    • 2015 – Sacks: 7.5
    • 2014 – Sacks: 10.0
    Avg: 6.5 sacks per season (2014-2017)

    Note: Missed Most of 2017 w/Torn Bicep


    And you noticed the drop in production every single year, right? it’s almost like he was getting old… not a good thing for a DE that came into the league at 250 and ran a 5.0 at the Combine the year he came out. He didn’t have a step he could afford to lose.

  27. ateonetree Says:

    Irving is a 25 year old calais campbell. if the cowboys put anything under a 2nd round tender on him we have to strike!!!.

  28. NFLNut Says:

    Irving is UNBLOCKABLE when he’s playing his best football … he also seems like a knucklejhead, but so does Arden Key and many other guys in the draft … I’d make a play for him if we don’t lose a 1st or 2nd round pick.

  29. Lord Cornelius Says:

    If it’s a 2nd rounder then sure but they’re likely making him cost a R1 pick…

  30. SOEbuc Says:

    Trade down for more picks. Dline is total BS and Vea and Davenport are not worthy at seven. But they should try to trade down to the 13-20 range to get Vea or Davenport.

  31. unbelievable Says:

    I’ve been a big fan of Licht, he’s most certainly the best GM we’ve had in well over a decade.

    However- not going out and getting any more pass rushers last offseason was completely stupid, and frankly unforgivable. Between the free agents and the talent in the draft, we should have scooped up 2 guys, or at the very least 1.

    (And no, Swaggy doesn’t count. He was brought here to play NT and eat up run lanes. Which he happened to suck at, apparently.)

    Now we’re going to have to overpay for guys who aren’t as talented as what was available last year. It’s a damn shame.