Vic Beasley’s “Prove It” Deal:
For a low-cost relative to the NFL’s high demand pass rush market, the Titans are bringing in a young, first-round draft talent out of a college football blue blood and putting him on a roster with a need at his EDGE rushing position.
If this were the end of the cliff notes on Vic Beasley’s move to Tennessee, this signing would be getting a parade through the streets of Nashville. But Beasley will be joining the Titans from the Atlanta Falcons after accumulating mountains of tape showcasing his enormous ceiling, and worryingly low floor.
The sixth-year player out of Clemson looked poised to take over the league in his second season with the Falcons. A league-leading 15.5 sacks to go along with 11 more tackles for loss in 2016 earned Beasley First-Team all-pro honors and got the world ready for his emergence.
But Beasley struggled to find a reliable role in the starting lineup after that stellar 2016 season, and has failed to match his impressive production from that career year. His 2019 year saw a slight return to form, however, when Beasley recorded eight sacks after totaling five in each of the two years before last season.
Tennessee will be hoping to unlock the star potential Beasley showed in 2016, and they might be able to get it out of him. Beasley will have the advantage of playing a complementary role to Harold Landry, while coming into a new team with momentum from his better-than-average performance last year.
It remains to be seen which version of Beasley the Titans will be getting, but by getting him on a one year “prove it” type deal, Tennessee will get to roll the dice without a ton of risk.