Five-time Pro Bowl defensive tackle Jurrell Casey remains salty nearly three months after the Tennessee Titans traded him to the Denver Broncos for a seventh-round pick in the 2020 NFL Draft.
Casey, in fact, likened the trade in March to being discarded “like a piece of trash” while commenting on the “Double Coverage” podcast, which was hosted by New England Patriots defensive backs Jason and Devin McCourty.
“The part that is so crazy is that you give so much to them. Especially when you come up on free agency and have opportunities to go somewhere else. Especially the way it was going when we were there, 2-14, 3-13,” Casey said to Jason McCourty. “Those were some rough times. When you’re a loyal guy and you feel like things are going in the right direction and you’re that centerpiece, you got no choice but to fight it through. My mindset 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. … 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.”
Casey, 30, had spent his entire nine-year career with the Titans and earned his fifth consecutive Pro Bowl selection in 2019 after registering 44 tackles and five sacks in 14 starts.
A third-round pick in 2011, Casey has recorded 493 tackles, 51 sacks, 12 passes defensed and eight forced fumbles in 139 career games (137 starts).
Casey will have a chance to release his frustration with the Titans when they visit Denver on Sept. 14.