Despite Jurrell Casey’s comments, the Tennessee Titans trading him made sense.
The Tennessee Titans trade Jurrell Casey to the Denver Broncos this offseason for a 7th round draft pick. This left many people questioning why the Titans would trade one of their defensive leaders for no more than a 7th round pick.
Jurrell Casey himself was among the people that were absolutely shocked by the trade. After spending nine seasons with the Tennessee Titans he couldn’t quite understand how they could ship him off for nothing. Casey joined former teammate Jason McCourty and his twin brother Devin McCourty on the Double Coverage Podcast and discussed the trade.
The part that is so crazy is that you give so much to them. Especially when you come up on free agency and have opportunities to go somewhere else. Especially the way it was going when we were there, 2-14, 3-13, Those were some rough times. When you’re a loyal guy and you feel like things are going in the right direction and you’re that centerpiece, you got no choice but to fight it through. My mindset was to stick it out and things would get better.
Jurrell Casey to Jason and Devin McCourty
Why did trading Jurrell Casey make sense?
Jurrell Casey’s point of view that the Titans threw him away “like trash” is understandable. He gave the best years of his career to a team that, until recently, had always been below average or mediocre during his time.
I would disagree with Casey though when he said “none of these businesses are loyal.” The Tennessee Titans were extremely loyal to Casey. According to Spotrac, the last contract the team gave to Jurrell Casey was worth $60.4 million. Throughout his career, the Titans have paid Casey $37,895,000 in strictly salary and $63,538,461 total. Making it through the next 3 seasons with the Broncos on his original contract would put his career earnings over $100 million.
The Titans have paid Jurrell Casey what most NFL players dream to make in their career. Not only have they paid him well, but throughout the 2-12 and 3-13 seasons rather than pointing the finger at Casey they built around him.
The Titans traded Casey at the perfect time in his career. They were still able to find someone willing to pay his contract which worked out well for all parties involved. Jeffery Simmons is emerging as a star on the defensive line. The Jurrell Casey trade cleared up cap space and the position that Simmons is most comfortable playing.
The real question is, why wouldn’t the Titans have traded Casey now?
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