Longtime NFL defensive lineman Jurrell Casey announced his retirement after 10 seasons in the league. Casey, a former third-round pick, spent the 2020 season with the Denver Broncos but has also played for the Tennessee Titans.
Former #Titans DT Jurrell Casey announced that he’s retiring from the NFL after 10 seasons. A 3rd-round pick in 2011, Casey started 140 games, had 51 sacks, and made 5 Pro Bowls. Heck of a career.
— Ari Meirov (@MySportsUpdate) September 2, 2021
Jurrell Casey Retires After 10 Years
Jurrell Casey’s first season in Denver was over before it truly began. Appearing in three games (all starts), the defensive lineman finished the season with just 15 tackles, one tackle-for-loss, two quarterback hits, three passes defended, and no sacks. The USC product tore his biceps early in September, forcing him to spend the vast majority of the season on the injured reserve. Casey is now healthy, but the Denver Broncos ultimately decided to cut him and save $11.875 in cap space.
Casey originally joined the league as a third-round pick in the 2011 NFL Draft. Selected by the Tennessee Titans, the USC managed to overcome his relatively pedestrian draft positioning and make an immediate impact along the defensive line. As a rookie, Casey started 15 of a possible 16 games while recording 52 tackles, seven tackles-for-loss, six quarterback hits, and 2.5 sacks. He followed that up with a solid 2012, recording 54 sacks, seven tackles-for-loss, six quarterback hits, and three sacks.
Casey brought his game to another level during the 2013 season. Appearing in 15 games while making 14 starts, the former third-round pick finished the year with 55 tackles, 11 tackles-for-loss, 13 quarterback hits, and 10.5 sacks. While he didn’t earn a nomination to the Pro Bowl, he did manage to put his name on the national radar.
After another solid season in 2014, Casey made his first Pro Bowl appearance in 2015. Starting all 16 games, Casey ended the 2015 season with seven sacks, 54 tackles, 11 tackles-for-loss, and 13 quarterback hits. He remained one of the better interior defenders in the league, earning a Pro Bowl nod every year from 2015 to 2019. Throughout the course of his career, Casey has recorded 51 sacks and 117 quarterback hits.