NASHVILLE – The Titans have agreed to terms on a trade that will send defensive lineman Jurrell Casey to the Denver Broncos.
In return, the Titans will receive a seventh-round pick in the 2020 NFL Draft.
"When I first arrived in Tennessee as the Titans general manager, Jurrell (Casey) was the first Titan I met," Titans general manager Jon Robinson said in a statement. "He welcomed me to the team, and said he was ready to get back to winning. It's been an honor to work with him the last four seasons. He has been a consummate professional in our building, a captain, a leader in our community, and a fearless, productive competitor on gamedays. The list of awards and honors he has won both on and off the field are numerous. I wish him nothing but the best moving forward, your legacy here will never be forgotten. Thank you Jurrell….a Titan Great!"
Casey, named to the Pro Bowl for the fifth straight season in 2019, ended last season with 61 tackles, 30 quarterback pressures and five sacks. Casey had two sacks in the team's playoff win at Baltimore on January 11.
In 2019, Casey became the seventh player in team annals to reach 50 career sacks (51), and his five sacks during the season made him the organization's first player since Ray Childress (1986-1994) to tally at least five sacks in seven straight seasons.
In his career, Casey has recorded 672 tackles, 51 sacks, and 221 quarterback pressures in 139 regular season games, including 137 starts. In five postseason games, Casey has recorded 25 tackles, 2.5 sacks and 14 quarterback pressures.
A look back at defensive tackle Jurrell Casey's nine seasons in Tennessee. (Donald Page, AP Photos, Donn Jones)
A third-round pick by the Titans in the 2011 NFL Draft, Casey also made a big difference in the Nashville community during his time with the Titans.
Casey was twice been voted the Titans Walter Payton Man of the Year, which recognizes excellence on and off the field. He was a regular at community events, and also served as the spokesperson for United Way of Metropolitan Nashville.
Casey and his wife, Ryann, established The Casey Fund, a non-profit dedicated to raising money for established re-entry programs, inner-city youth programs, mentoring, and halfway houses.
Speaking to Titans Online at the Pro Bowl, Casey said he was looking forward to his 10th NFL season.
"I'm going to play until the wheels come off, or until the Tennessee Titans tell me they don't want me no more," Casey said. "As long as my family, my household, is cool with me playing and my body feels good, I will continue to play. Once it starts to impact my household or my mental state, then it will be time for me to reconsider my goals from here on out. But right now, I can only see playing, and playing for a lot longer time. And I still have a lot to play for.
"I want to get that ring – that's what drives me now. I have done a lot in this game, but I want a ring on my finger."
Casey's chance will now come in Denver.
In a social media post on Thursday, Casey reflected on his time in Tennessee while thanking those who've reached out to him in the last 24 hours.
"It has taken me a few hours to process & get on here, because y'all know I love TN & especially my Titans Fans," Casey wrote. "Nine years ago the Titans took a chance on me & looking back I wouldn't change a thing. We went through rough times (winning max 3 games multiple seasons) to good times (making it to the AFC Championship Game)! Countless volunteer events getting to meet the awesome people that make TN so great.
"I would be lying if I said I wasn't confused & hurt, but it's a business!," Casey continued. "But, I am comforted with every text, call, comment, tweet + DM I have received. Y'all are showing your boy some real love & encouragement!"
Titans Online looks back at DT Jurrell Casey's 2019 Pro Bowl season that saw him register 61 tackles, five sacks, a forced fumble, two fumble recoveries and 30 QB pressures, plus two sacks in the AFC Divisional-round victory at Baltimore. (Photos: Donald Page)