Vic Beasley: 3 teams who should pursue him in free agency
Not even a full day after the Kansas City Chiefs won Super Bowl 54, the Atlanta Falcons announced that they weren’t going to bring Vic Beasley back next season. What teams could attempt to sign the former first-round pick out of Clemson?
Back in 2016, Beasley appeared to be ascending toward stardom as one of the best edge rushers in the NFL. In just his second season in the NFL, Beasley was able to record 15.5 sacks, 11 tackles for loss, 16 quarterback hits, and six forced fumbles.
As an encore though, Beasley majorly regressed over his next two seasons in the NFL. From 2017-2018, the pass-rushing specialist combined for only 10 sacks, 15 tackles for loss, 13 quarterback hits, and one forced fumble.
However, in 2019, Beasley showed some glimpses of what we saw from him in 2016. The fifth-year veteran finished the 2019 season with eight sacks, eight tackles for loss, 12 quarterback hits, and two forced fumbles.
While those numbers aren’t up to the standards he once produced, there are going to be teams interested in his services. Provided that, here are three teams who should pursue Beasley in free agency.
3. Baltimore Ravens
The Baltimore Ravens had one of the best defenses in the NFL in 2019 under Don Martindale; the team’s defensive coordinator. Even though the defense played well, the Ravens lacked a consistent pass rush against opposing teams.
After losing Za’Darius Smith last offseason, Matthew Judon became the premier edge rusher for Baltimore. As good as Judon is, the Ravens didn’t have many guys step up and the entire team combined for only 37 sacks (21st in the NFL).
To give Judon some help, the Ravens could take a chance on reviving Beasley’s career. Furthermore, a duo of Judon and Beasley could become lethal if Baltimore can get Beasley back on track.
2. New York Jets
In today’s NFL, it is vital to have a formidable pass rush that can manufacture pressure consistently. Among the teams that are in dire need of some help in that department, the New York Jets are near the top.
Altogether, the Jets compiled a total of 35 sacks as a defense (23rd in the NFL). New York currently deploys Brandon Copeland and Jordan Jenkins as their edge rushers.
Both Copeland and Jenkins accumulated only 9.5 sacks together in 2019 and both are slated to hit free agency; making the edge position a necessity. Considering that, Beasley could bolster a New York defense that is desperate for a spark.
1. Tennessee Titans
The No. 1 team on this list might be a surprise to some. However, for a Mike Vrabel defense, the Tennessee Titans were a bit inconsistent on the defensive side of the ball.
Over the course of the regular season, Tennessee managed to tally 43 sacks as a defensive unit (13th in the NFL). With that being said, Cameron Wake is coming off a season-ending injury and Kamalei Correa is an impending free agent.
Also, with Wake not getting any younger, the Titans need to add some pass rushers in the offseason. Besides drafting someone, maybe Vrabel can work with Beasley and help him get back to where he once was.