The 25-year old Irving has been with the Bears since 2017 when he was an undrafted free agent from San Jose State. He was a restricted free agent this offseason, but the team allowed him to become an unrestricted free agent by not tendering an offer to him. FIshbain reported that there was some interest from other teams, but he decided to return to Chicago.
In three years he has played in 33 games as a reserve and special teamer, and even though in 2019 he equaled the 13 games played from 2018, he saw a slight decrease in playing time with only 282 total snaps from 302 the previous season.
Irving’s return will not preclude the Bears from trying to upgrade the position, as a third edge rusher is needed behind Khalil Mack and the newly acquired Robert Quinn.
In case you missed it on Thursday, Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune reported that long snapper Patrick Scales re-upped with the Bears for one year.