Jurrell Casey, who was traded to the Denver Broncos for a seventh-round pick in a salary cap move earlier this off-season, told Jason and Devin McCourty in their Double Coverage Podcast that the Tennessee Titans’ handling of the trade made him feel as though he was being thrown “away like a piece of trash.”
This is the second time in recent weeks that a Titans player has criticized the business end of the Titans’ handling of players on the McCourty twins podcast. Cornerback Logan Ryan said about a month ago on the podcast that the Titans declined to take him up on a one-year offer to return at his same salary from 2019. Jason McCourty is a former Titans player who spent eight years in Tennessee before being released after the 2016 season.
Casey, a five-time Pro Bowl selection, was scheduled to make $11.25 million in base salary for 2020, plus another $537,500 in roster and workout bonuses.
Casey, 30, spent his entire nine-year career in Tennessee after being a third-round draft pick of the Titans in 2011.
In making the comments, Casey said that it hurt because he had been with the Titans during several lean years and had been a centerpiece of the team (along with Jason McCourty in that time) and that it hurt to stick it out, rather than leave in free agency, and then be dealt away once the team turned things around. The Titans reached the AFC Championship Game last season.
“J-Mac, you know how it was when we were there, 2-14, 3-13. That was some rough times. I had an opportunity to get out there, but when you’re a loyal guy and you want to get things going in the right direction and you’re that centerpiece, you got no choice but to fight it through. That’s what my mindset was, was to stick it out and things would get better.
“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 ,especially 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. … At the end of the day, you can harp on it for a little but, but you’ve got to get over it.”
Casey said it hurt that he found out from his agent, Drew Rosenhaus that the Titans were shopping him, but never got a call from the team until the trade actually went happened.
“I think the part that hurt me the most was that I didn’t get a call until about 30 seconds before the trade went down,” Casey said. “That was the part that kind of hurt the most. I had three or four days where I had to ask my wife to give me a minute. I let a lot of tears come on out here. But God makes things happen for a reason. He put me in position to go great things. Denver has welcomed me with open arms, and that’s all I can ask for.”