The Carolina Panthers have signed the latter defensive end to a one-year deal, a source told NFL Network's Tiffany Blackmon on Tuesday. The team later made the signing official.
"Our primary focus coming into the offseason was to add talent to our offensive line and our front on defense, primarily in the area of rushing the passer," general manager Marty Hurney said. "Bruce has a knack for sacking and disrupting the quarterback. We are very pleased to have him as a member of the Carolina Panthers."
The 31-year-old journeyman edge rusher spent the 2018 season with the Oakland Raiders and Atlanta Falcons. Oakland waived Irvin after two seasons and eight games after falling out of favor with the new regime. The Falcons picked Irvin up for the final eight games of the season, during which he started three contests and racked up 3.5 sacks.
Even without venerable veterans like Peppers and Thomas Davis captaining the defense, Carolina still boasts one of the most impressive front sevens in football with Luke Kuechly, Shaq Thompson, Kawann Short and Dontari Poe clogging up the middle. Irvin can only help a Panthers pass rush that fell from third in sacks (50) in 2017 to 27th (35) in 2018.