Original contract: Four years, $60.4 million (Two years remaining)
2020 cap hit: $13.3 million
Jurrell Casey showed his worth to this franchise in 2019 in the playoffs.
After having a somewhat quiet regular season with five sacks and 44 combined tackles (26 solo, five for loss) in 14 games during the regular season, Casey came alive in the playoffs with 2.5 sacks and a huge forced fumble against the Baltimore Ravens.
While there’s no doubt Casey can still ball, is he really worth a deal that will pay him over $27 million over the next two years? If we’re using our head instead of our heart, probably not.
The interesting part of Casey’s contract is that it doesn’t carry a big dead cap number the next two years. The Titans could part ways with Casey in 2020 and face a dead cap number of just $3.2 million, while 2021 carries an even friendlier dead cap hit at $1.6 million.
As he enters a season in which he’s set to turn 31 in December, Casey might see the writing on the wall that he could become a cap casualty down the road and may not make as much as he is now on the open market, giving the Titans some leverage to get him to take a pay cut.