NASHVILLE — Five months after signing with the Tennessee Titans and two games into the season Vic Beasley Jr. spoke for the first time to Nashville media.
There was plenty of ground for the outside linebacker to cover.
Beasley’s 10-day unexcused absence on the day players were to report to camp in late July forced GM Jon Robinson to make a statement through the team. Prior to bringing in Jadeveon Clowney, Beasley’s one-year, $9.5 million deal made him Tennessee’s biggest free agent acquisition. The former Atlanta Falcon did show up in early August, he failed his team physical and was placed on Titans’ Non-Football Injury list until Sept. 5.
Beasley, on Friday’s Zoom, had the opportunity to silence any confusion or criticism. Instead, he left us with almost as many questions as we got answers.
“I just had some things I had to work out,” Beasley said of his time missed. “There was a little disagreement here and there but, you know, those things are behind us and I’ve moved on and just let bygones be bygones and just settle things and let them be.”
Beasley declined to get into further detail on the matter, referring to confidentiality for the party with whom he had said disagreements. Those details, however, should have been worked out long before he missed 10 days of work and accrued $500K worth of fines. Robinson and coach Mike Vrabel went to bat for Beasley upon signing him to a deal. Bogging down the start of Tennessee’s camp without proper warning prior or explanation after the fact comes off as borderline petty.
All of the noise around expectations for Beasley or initial impressions of him will fade as long as he produces. The linebacker said he hopes to make his debut Week 3 in Minnesota, pending his coach’s decision. But, at this point, one could hardly blame the Titans for being skeptical.
“I love the game. I love playing the game,” Beasley said. “I know there’s been a lot of question marks about whether or not I love playing. But I wouldn’t waste nobody’s time if I didn’t love playing ball. If I didn’t love playing ball, I would tell the coaches: Go look for somebody else that may be a better fit for the organization.”
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