Edge rusher Vic Beasley was an emerging force within NFL defensive lines when he leads the league with 15.5 sacks in 2016. He’s now a member of the Tennessee Titans after signing a one-year deal with the AFC runner-up. Titans will pay him $9.5 million in guaranteed money, with bonuses possibly pushing the worth to $12 million.
Last year, Beasley bounced back from two consecutive letdown season with eight sacks, the second-best mark of his career. That, however, didn’t prevent the Falcons from letting the former Clemson prospect to hit the free market.
His 2016 display was among the most-dominant by a pass-rusher in recent memory. During that year, he also forced six fumbles and recorded a defensive touchdown. He followed that with two inconsistent seasons that were ruined by injuries and other issues. In 2019, he started 15 games, the most since his rookie season in 2015.
The Titans front seven already showed how much influence the defense can have when it’s putting pressure on the passer. Beasley’s still 27 years old and has tons of unloaded potential. Tennessee needs to turn this into a constant value to win, especially if cornerback Logan Ryan doesn’t stay in Nashville to save the secondary.
The Titans played a 3-4 defense for the better part of the year. Jeffery Simmons recorded just two sacks as an end, so the improvement if they keep Beasley upfront, would be considerable. Still, they are more likely to shift to a 4-3 to exploit the full potential of Beasley as an edge rusher.
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