The Tennessee Titans are without a veteran outside linebacker Vic Beasley in the early stages of training camp.
While the rest of the veterans checked in on Tuesday, Beasley has yet to appear at the team’s facility. According to a team source, Beasley was not in contact with the Titans to tell them where he is or why he has not yet reported.
The Titans players passed their second day of testing COVID-19 on Wednesday. They will test again on Thursday and Friday. Players must test the negatives on three COVID-19 tests within four days before they can be admitted to the facility.
Players will go through a 21-day increase period before hitting the pitch with pads on. So there is still time for Beasley to be captured. However, the lack of communication is a cause for concern for the Titans.
The Titans signed Beasley to a one-year, $ 9.5 million contract in March. Beasley, who turned 28 this month, was expected to bolster the Titans ’pace rush.
The 2015 No.8 overall pick from the Atlanta Falcons led the league with 15.5 sacks in 2016. He finished last season with eight sacks including four sacks in his last four games, but the Falcons chose to let Beasley become a free agent.
Beasley had the opportunity to start with a clean slate in Tennessee despite questions regarding his work ethic in Atlanta.
“I’m not going to comment on what was done or what wasn’t done in Atlanta,” Tennessee coach Mike Vrabel said in April. “Our job is to have the vision for the player and the coach with him and keep him to a standard that is expected of our players. That’s what I’m going to do, that’s [outside linebackers coach] Shane [Bowen] will do, that’s it [defensive assistant] It will make Matt Edwards.
“There will be a lot of people involved to help him continue to develop and try to find a role for us and ultimately help us win.”