The Tennessee Titans now have Vic Beasley in camp.
Ultimately, more depth and upside at EDGE is a good thing for the Tennessee Titans, and Vic Beasley wasn’t going to get a better deal than the one he was offered from Tennessee.
I’m not sure why today was different than any other day, but after facing $500,000 in non-negotiable fines and potentially more than that depending on how generous, the Tennessee Titans are, Vic Beasley is finally in Tennessee.
We won’t ever know exactly what was going on because no matter what happens from here on out, it is hard to believe anything either side says because they will both want to get past this mysterious absence as quickly as possible.
The good news is that Vic Beasley comes in and that gives the Titans two very important things:
1. An EDGE that they had expected to have during the entire free agency and draft process, and a player they presumably have a plan for.
2. A concrete cap number that they can work from in future contract negotiations with free agency.
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Vic Beasley has a chance to be exactly what the Titans need opposite Harold Landry, which is basically just anyone in the world with a pulse who can effectively rush the quarterback.
I have said it before, but here are Harold Landry’s splits with and without Cameron Wake:
W/ Wake for 9 games: 7 sacks (0.78 per game), 9 QB hits (1.0), 8 TFLs (0.89)
W/o Wake 7 games: 2 sacks (0.29) , 5 QB hits (0.71), 4 TFLs (0.57)
If those numbers look like an insignificant gain/loss to you, then look at what those averages look like over the course of an entire season. Here are the “what if” projections:
What if Wake was healthy all season: 13 sacks, 16 QB hits, 14 TFLs
What if the Titans didn’t sign Wake: 5 sacks, 11 QB hits, 9 TFLs
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That is the difference between Harold Landry being a Pro Bowl EDGE and him being considered a bust.
Like with EDGE, it is very hard to thrive in a place where you don’t have the right supporting cast. When Myles Garrett was averaging 0.84 sacks per game in the season before the Cleveland Browns got Olivier Vernon, then he went to averaging 1 sack per game.
If Vic Beasley can bring that measure of improvement to this defense, then great I am all for that and the hassle was worth it. If not, then this is a one year deal that you can move on from and try harder next year.
Either way, the more EDGEs you have that can potentially help Harold Landry reach his peak, the better. That means that I would still be doing everything in my power to reach out to Jadeveon Clowney and bring him in as another player to supplement the Titans pass rush.