Tennessee Titans made a surprising decision on Tuesday to release veteran linebacker Vic Beasley. This will bring Beasley’s run with the organization to an end after just seven months.
Beasley joined Titans in late March, signing a one-year, $9.5 million deal with the organization. The team had big hopes for the 28-year-old linebacker at the time, but it’s safe to say he didn’t deliver.
In five games he played in Titans’ jersey, Beasley managed just 125 snaps while contributing with three tackles and one forced fumble.
The marriage between Beasley and Titans seemed destined for failure from the very beginning. The 2016’s NFL sacks leader first missed the first 10 days of training camp without permission and then spent the early part of the season on the non-football injury list. Once he was ready for action, Titans were already operating as if he isn’t a big part of their plans moving forward.
Reportedly, multiple members of Tennessee’s coaching staff didn’t like Vic Beasley’s approach to the game while also believing he lacks work ethic. Beasley also failed to be a threat for opposing quarterbacks, the main thing he was brought in for, so his release didn’t come as a shock within the organization.
Beasley spent the previous five years with Atlanta Falcons, who took him eighth overall in the 2015 NFL Draft. During his time in Atlanta he racked up 156 tackles and 37.5 sacks while adding 11 forced fumbles and two defensive touchdowns. He was First-Team All-Pro and Pro Bowler in 2016.