The Broncos released former Tennessee Titans legend, Jurrell Casey. Should the Titans consider bringing the franchise icon back? Here is what I think.
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Casey was traded during the 2020 offseason for a seventh-round pick, as a salary dump. It angered most Tennessee fans, including me, but the move made sense. He was getting paid too much, and the Titans had Jeffery Simmons, who was rising, behind Casey, so Jurrell was expendable. Also, the Titans were in the running for Jadeveon Clowney and needed more cap space, but we all know what happened with him.
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Casey played in only 3 games in 2020, notching zero sacks, 14 total tackles, one for loss, and two QB hits. In 2019, he had 5 sacks, 44 tackles, 5 for loss, 10 quarterback hits. With Tennessee losing DaQuan Jones to free agency, and Casey being a great locker room presence, should Tennessee bring him back? With J.J. Watt on the market, probably not. Casey is past his prime, and is no longer the force he used to be, but that’s not to say that he won’t be of use. As I said, Jones is most likely going to head out of Nashville, so Tennessee needs another starting caliber DT. Casey can bring veteran leadership that the defense needs, along with being a mentor of any young players. I think Casey is an option, as well as the draft, but Casey is just probably too expensive for the Titans, so the draft looks like the only option.
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My Prediction: Casey doesn’t sign with Tennessee. The former Pro-Bowler is just simply too expensive, with money going to others like Corey Davis, and Jonnu Smith. Casey signs with a rebuilding team, who needs a veteran leader, and are willing to pay him, or he signs with a Super Bowl contender like the Packers, Chiefs, or Seahawks, to go chase a ring.