Titans trade veteran Pro-Bowler Jurrell Casey to Broncos for 7th round pick

Tennessee Titans player Jurrell Casey takes a photo with fans on the main stage after announcing the Titans selection of North Carolina-Charlotte guard Nate Davis during the third round of the NFL football draft, Friday, April 26, 2019, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

Even before the free agency window opened Wednesday, Titans general manager Jon Robinson was wheeling and dealing. Yet when the NFL’s 2020 season officially began, Robinson made his biggest move.

Tennessee traded five-time Pro-Bowl defensive lineman Jurrell Casey to the Denver Broncos for a 7th round draft pick.

“When I first arrived in Tennessee as the Titans general manager, Jurrell (Casey) was the first Titan I met. 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," said Titans General Manager Jon Robinson in a release on Thursday.

"He has been a consummate professional in our building, a captain, a leader in our community, and a fearless, productive competitor on game-days. 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!”

it will mark the first time in nine seasons, Casey won’t be wearing two-tone blue. The Titans used their 2011 third round draft pick on Casey, who’s contributions to this team go beyond his statistics.

Casey has been a leader in the locker room and the community, serving as a defensive captain. Casey also was the Titan’s Walter Payton Man of the War nominee in 2016 and 2018.

In the end, it was all about the business-side of things. Casey’s contract was taking a large hit against the cap. By trading Casey, the Titans freed up $10 million dollars in cap space, while only taking roughly a $3 million dead money hit.

It seems like the Titans felt like they needed some wiggle room. For what, Henry’s blockbuster deal or another big-time free agent signing? That information will only be revealed in the coming days.