The Tennessee Titans have agreed to a one-year contract with veteran pass rusher Vic Beasley, according to a report by Dianna Russini of ESPN.
He can make up to $12 million in 2020 with incentives, and he is guaranteed to make $9.5 million.
Vic Beasley gets a 1-year deal worth $9.5M guaranteed, source said, with a max of $12M. A chance to prove it in Tennessee. https://t.co/IrEo53XljG
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 17, 2020
While Beasley has had some success in the NFL since he was drafted in 2015, the 27-year-old’s production has steadily declined over the past few seasons.
The one-year contract will serve as a “prove it” deal for Beasley. If he doesn’t produce to a level where the Titans are satisfied, they can move on from him next year without any financial repercussions.
The 2016 season saw Beasley lead the NFL in sacks with 15.5. In the three seasons since, though, he has recorded a total of just 18 sacks.
As a result of the decline in production, the Falcons elected to not pursue negotiations for a contract extension with Beasley when he rookie deal expired following the 2019 season.
Beasley’s athleticism is undeniable, as his explosive first step and general quickness are what made him a first-round pick in the 2015 NFL Draft.
It will be a challenge, however, for the Titans to put him in a position to convert that athleticism into production.
It seems likely that Beasley will see a lot of time on the field with OLB Harold Landry, the Titans’ leader in sacks from 2019. Both players have similar skill sets and athletic traits.
After signing Beasley, the Titans have around $12 million of salary-cap space remaining, according to Spotrac.
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