They say nothing pushes performance like a bit of pressure. Thanks to an untimely suspension David Irving should have one hell of a season because he's under a ton of pressure now.
Irving got into the NFL as an undrafted free agent signed by the Kansas City Chiefs after the 2015 NFL Draft. He was waived on September 5th and signed to the practice squad before the Cowboys scooped him up on September 29 as a replacement for Davon Coleman.
Dallas resigned Irving to a 1 year, $615,000 contract, with an average annual salary of $615,000 and a cap hit of $470,294 for the 2017 season.
He has played 27 games in two seasons, making 30 combined tackles, 4.5 sacks, defended 6 passes, and has forced 4 fumbles.
Irving is undoubtedly a great fit for the Cowboys, one of their best pass rushers. Unfortunately, he seems to carry some baggage with him.
Irving will be suspended for the first four games of this season due to violating the league's performance-enhancing drugs policy after his appeal was denied.
He was ejected from a game last season, a 35-10 thumping of the Browns, for unnecessary roughness. He was dusting it up after the play with Browns center Cam Erving in the first quarter.
For the most part, however, Irving has been a gift for Dallas and he's got more to prove than every this season. Because of his suspension, he has a lot less time to do it, too.
In a sense, his future is on the line. If Irving can deliver the quality of performance that he has shown himself capable of, he'll get himself a nice long, lucrative NFL contract. If he falters coming out the gate after a drug suspension, his prospects are much, much bleaker.
He looks like one hell of a talent, and if he can prove that this season, Irving and Cowboys fans everywhere will have something to cheer about for years to come.
Source: Patrik Walker - 247 Sports · Photo Credit: KEYSTONE PRESS