Sixth-year edge defender Vic Beasley is reportedly signing a new deal with the Tennessee Titans. As of this posting, the length and value of said contract are not available to the public. Beasley is coming off of a season in which he started the second-most games of his career and had his second-most sacks in a single-season for the Atlanta Falcons.
Update: Terms of the deal are as follows
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
Vic Beasley Signing with Tennessee Titans
Beasley was originally taken eighth-overall in the 2015 NFL Draft by Atlanta. He had 26 tackles as a rookie in 16 starts with four sacks, two forced fumbles, five quarterback hits, two tackles for loss and an interception. But he led the league with 15.5 sacks and tied for the lead with six fumbles (one of which he returned for a score) in his sophomore campaign.
He had a highly successful career at Clemson that included three bowl wins in four appearances. Beasley’s statistical production fluctuated even in college. He had eight sacks as a sophomore, 13 as a junior, and back to nine as a senior. Beasley earned consensus All-American status in 2013 and 2014, earning ACC Defensive Player of the Year in 2014.
Labeled as a tweener since college, Beasley has seen his listed position flip-flop between defensive end and linebacker. This has affected the view of him at large with some arguing he is an underachiever who had a flash in the pan season. Others say the Falcons were simply using him wrong as a down lineman and that he has always been better suited for an odd front.
Atlanta exercised the fifth-year option on Beasley’s contract in April of 2018, hoping he would regain his 2016 magic. He responded with his second five-sack season, though he did tally the second touchdown of his career. His eight sacks this past season may hint at a resurgence or could just be a standard-issue contract-year breakout.
Beasley is one of 17 players since 1992 to record 37.5 sacks, 11 forced fumbles, and two touchdowns over their first five years in the NFL. Inconsistency has plagued him for most of his career, both in his usage and performance. Perhaps with his new contract, he can regain his Pro Bowl and All-Pro form of 2016.
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