Jurrell Casey blasts Titans for discarding him like ‘trash’
This past March, the Tennessee Titans traded defensive lineman Jurrell Casey to the Denver Broncos for a 2020 seventh-round pick. The trade raised some questions about the Titans front office as usually teams want to try and keep a player that is just coming off their fifth-straight Pro Bowl appearance and is undeniably one of the team’s best players.
Not only that but to trade such a talent like Casey for something as little as a seventh-round pick angered a lot of people — Casey included.
On the Double Coverage podcast hosted by New England Patriots twins Devin and Jason McCourty, Casey discussed his trade from Tennessee and how the whole situation frustrated him:
“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,” Casey said to Jason McCourty on Monday “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.”
Casey did sign a six-year, $60.4 million contract with the Titans in 2017, and trading up Casey does give the Titans cap relief as they got rid of the 13th-highest-paid defensive player in the league. However, Casey has more than proven his worth over the last half-decade:
“For us to get to that point to get better and to be a main focus of that and then you just throw me away to the trash like I wasn’t a main block of that … Coming off an injury the year before and playing the whole season for ya’ll. No complaints, I did everything you wanted me to do and you throw me like a piece of trash. At the end of the day, none of these businesses are loyal.”
In 2019, the nine-year NFL veteran started all 14 games he appeared in and recorded 44 tackles, five sacks, and two fumble recoveries.