After crossing over into his thirties, how much time does Tennessee Titans defensive lineman Jurrell Casey think he has left in the NFL?
Tennessee Titans defensive lineman Jurrell Casey was down at the Pro Bowl in Orlando, Florida and spoke about his future in the NFL.
Casey, who turned 30 in December, just got finished with his ninth season in the league, a season in which he will be making his fifth straight Pro Bowl appearance after he took the spot of Kansas City Chiefs defensive lineman, Chris Jones.
The veteran D-lineman totaled five sacks and 44 combined tackles (five for loss) in 14 games during the regular season. He missed two games with a shoulder injury.
Casey also added 2.5 sacks during the playoffs, two of which came in the divisional round game against the Baltimore Ravens. One of those sacks forced a fumble that was recovered by fellow defensive lineman, Jeffery Simmons.
As he enters the later stages of his career, Casey has no intention of slowing down, per Jim Wyatt of Titans Online.
"“I’m going to play until the wheels come off, or until the Tennessee Titans tell me they don’t want me no more,” Casey said. “As long as my family, my household, is cool with me playing and my body feels good, I will continue to play.”"
For Casey, there’s still some unfinished business, and that includes winning a Super Bowl ring with Tennessee.
"“I want to get that ring – that’s what drives me now. I have done a lot in this game, but I want a ring on my finger.”"
Casey, who is in the midst of a four-year, $60.4 million deal, still has three years left on his contract and should have no issue playing it out — and his performance during the playoffs showed just how much of an impact player he still is for this defense.
With the Titans having so many free agents this offseason, would Casey consider restructuring his deal in order to help Tennessee keep this team that made a run to the AFC Championship Game together?
That’s something that could possibly be discussed during the offseason, or at least in the years ahead. Whatever the case may be, Casey isn’t going anywhere anytime soon, and Tennessee’s defense will undoubtedly be better because of it.