Vic Beasley has finally reported to Tennessee Titans training camp. Beasley created a bit of a buzz last week when he was placed on the reserve/did not report list after failing to show up when camp opened on July 28th. There was a day or so that the Titans had not heard from Beasley. Jon Robinson released a statement on July 30th saying the team had been in touch with Beasley and he was expected to report “in the near future.”
There was some talk that Beasley might have been thinking about opting-out due to concerns around COVID-19, but that deadline came and went on Thursday at 3 PM central with no opt out.
Beasley was fined $50,000 for each day he was absent from camp. The total for that fine comes to $500,000. The team is not allowed to waive that fine under the current collective bargaining agreement.
Before Beasley can actually start practicing with his teammates, he has to complete the same protocols everyone else did when they reported. That means he has to pass three COVID-19 tests and a physical.
The Titans, who were in big need of help for their pass rush this offseason, really need to get the good version of Beasley that flashed at times in Atlanta. In his best season with the Falcons, 2016, he had 15.5 sacks. There has never been a player hit that total in the history of the Titans/Oilers franchise (William Fuller holds the franchise record with 15 sacks in 1991).
Beasley signed a 1-year $9.5 million fully guaranteed contract earlier this offseason.