Well, that’s one way to head into free agency.
David Irving had a chance to become a defensive force for the Cowboys, but instead of wrecking havoc on the Giants and the rest of the NFC East, he’s battled off-field issues and injuries. Now that he’s on the verge of being an unrestricted free agent, he’s not apologizing.
“I’m in the NFL because I’m great at what I do,” the defensive end posted on Instagram on Monday. “I’m not in the NFL because I’m an Eagle Scout or the perfect model citizen.”
He’s certainly right on the latter part.
Irving had seven sacks in 2017 with the Cowboys despite playing in just eight games due to constant problems staying on the field.
He opened the season suspended for four games for violating the league’s PED policy and then missed time later in the season with a concussion.
Last year, Irving was suspended again for four games to begin the season, this time for being on the wrong side of the NFL’s substance abuse policy. And again, he was limited also by injuries and played just two games, picking up another sack. Last April, Irving’s then-girlfriend accused him of domestic violence, only to quickly recant.
The Cowboys don’t seem interested in bringing Irving back, whom they signed in 2015 off the Chiefs practice squad after Kansas City signed the undrafted free agent out of Iowa State.
And Irving apparently has no regrets.
“I’m here on natural ability,” Irving said in the post. “This is God’s plan, not mine… Once I step on the field and stop performing, THEN we have a problem. So does anyone have anything to say about my play?”
He’ll likely find out soon enough.