Vic Beasley has been the most polarizing acquisition that Tennessee Titans general manager, Jon Robinson made this offseason and, it’s not really all that close. Beasley’s issues have been well documented — showing up 10 days late to training camp, amassing $500,000 in fines, as well as nursing a knee injury that has sidelined him for the first two games of the Titans’ season.
There is no question that Robinson, along with Titans fans, would like more bang for his buck after inking Beasley to a one-year deal worth up to $12 million with incentives. But Beasley was, and still is, a risk worth taking considering that the Titans’ defensive line has been a weakness over the years.
Vic Beasley (Titans), one year, $9.5M (gtd); $6M signing bonus, salary $1.5M (gtd), annual $2.5M sacks incentive. Max value is $12M
— Aaron Wilson (@AaronWilson_NFL) March 22, 2020
Beasley’s effort was often in question during his five-year stint with the Atlanta Falcons, but nobody doubts his ability. After all, Beasley led the NFL in sacks (15.5) and forced fumbles (6) in 2016 earning First-Team All Pro honors. While Beasley’s play dropped off in the following years, he is coming off a 2019 campaign where he led the Falcons with eight sacks.
A healthy and motivated Beasley is dangerous for any opposing offense. After missing some action early on this season, Beasley appears to be on track to make his Titans debut this Sunday as the team travels to Minnesota, where Kirk Cousins and the Vikings await.
— Teresa Walker (@TeresaMWalker) September 24, 2020
However, the Vikings have their own problems. The team is off to an 0-2 start for the first time since 2013 and the offensive line play has not exactly gotten off on the right foot. The Vikings rank 22nd in the NFL, allowing three sacks per contest through two games this year. While it is a small sample size, it is not out of the realm of possibility for those numbers to worsen.
Last week, the Vikings rolled out a shaky and vastly inexperienced O-Line, outside of veteran tackle Riley Reiff, a vastly inexperience O-Line. From left to right, the Vikings started Reiff, Dakota Dozier, Garrett Bradbury, Dru Samia, and Brian O’Neill in last week’s blowout loss to the Indianapolis Colts. Outside of Reiff, who has started in 114 NFL games, and O’Neill (28), nobody else in the trenches for the Vikings has started over 18 games in the league. Samia started the first NFL game of his career last week at right guard and struggled mightily against the Colts’ pass rush.
Riley Reiff – 75.3 (0)
Dakota Dozier – 25.1 (3)
Garrett Bradbury – 77.2 (0)
Dru Samia – 22.1 (5)
Brian O’Neill – 70.1 (1)
Dozier and Samia each allowed 1 sack
— Sean Borman (@SeanBormanNFL) September 21, 2020
Beasley, along with Jadeveon Clowney and Harold Landry III, have to be licking their chops after watching film from last week’s Vikings-Colts affair. Beasley’s availability would be welcomed with open arms as Clowney has struggled with his conditioning at times, despite being second on the team in pressures (3). Beasley would bring a much needed jolt to a Titans defense with only two sacks to their name this season — only the Las Vegas Raiders and Carolina Panthers have less.
With offensive lines already having to account for Landry and Clowney, Mike Vrabel must be dreaming of all the different schemes and front multiplicities he and Shane Bowen can draw up.