Beasley agreed Tuesday on a contract with the Titans, Dianna Russini of ESPN reports. Per Ian Rapoport of NFL Network, Beasley will ink a one-year deal with Tennessee worth $9.5 million guaranteed, with a maximum value of of $12 million. The No. 8 overall pick in the 2015 NFL Draft is coming off a 2019 campaign in which he recorded 42 tackles, eight sacks and two forced fumbles in 16 games. The 27-year-old racked up 15.5 sacks for the Falcons in 2016, so his addition has the potential to provide a big boost to the Titans' pass rush in 2020.
The Falcons announced that they will not seek a new contract with Beasley. A 2015 first-round pick (eighth overall), Beasley has missed just two games for the Falcons over five seasons and led the league with 15.5 sacks in 2016. However, the Clemson product followed up the career year with back-to-back five-sack seasons before producing eight in 2019. Beasley will be an unrestricted free agent in March.
Beasley racked up 42 tackles, eight tackles for loss, eight sacks and two forced fumbles across 16 appearances for the Falcons in 2019. The 27-year-old edge rusher enjoyed a late-season sack surge, compiling 6.5 sacks between Weeks 10 and 17 after accounting for just 11.5 in his preceding 38 games combined. This season Beasley was brought back by general manager Thomas Dimitroff on a fifth-year option worth $12.8 million, but it remains to be seen if he will fit into the budget for the cash-strapped 2020 Falcons. Ranking better than only Minnesota in available cap space, Atlanta will be forced into a decision on the Clemson product who was selected eighth overall in the 2015 draft.
Beasley accumulated three tackles and one sack during Sunday's 24-12 win against Jacksonville. The 27-year-old edge rusher has been red-hot over the latter half of 2019, and especially unstoppable of late. Beasley managed just 1.5 total sacks across his first eight appearances of the year, but his contract negotiation leverage has now vastly improved by virtue of four sacks over the past three weeks, and 6.5 sacks since Week 10. With just one regular-season contest remaining on Beasley's fifth-year option, he has a strong opportunity to close out 2019 with a bang taking on a Buccaneers offense that is tied for seventh worst in the league with 3.1 sacks allowed per game.
Beasley tallied five total tackles and one sack during Sunday's 29-22 win against San Francisco. The 2016 All-Pro stepped up for an Atlanta pass-rush that had to go without Takkarist McKinley (shoulder) for much of the contest, picking up his seventh sack of the season in an upset over the recently top-seeded 49ers. Beasley has been red-hot following a sluggish start to the 2019 campaign, collecting 5.5 sacks over his past six appearances after accounting for just a sack and a half between Weeks 1 and 8. He has a strong probability of continuing his recent streak as a pocket disrupter Week 16, taking on a Jaguars offensive line that has surrendered multiple sacks in 11 consecutive outings.
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