Surprisingly, Jurrell Casey is still waiting to sign with an NFL team for the 2021 season. The defensive lineman is entering his 11th year in the NFL and would be an excellent addition to the Cincinnati Bengals‘ defensive line.
Chris Roling of Bleacher Report put together a list where he put one of the under-the-radar free agents with the best possible fit for them. For Casey, he listed the Bengals and offered this insight:
"A rebuilding team with defensive issues like the Cincinnati Bengals would be a great fit to let Casey loose on a rotational snap count during a one-year, prove-it pact."
Cincinnati might be able to get Casey on an affordable contract since he’s coming off a bicep injury that he suffered last year with the Broncos. Casey played the first nine years of his career with the Titans and then only lasted three games with the Broncos before said bicep injury occurred.
It was an unfortunate break for a player who has been one of the most consistent defensive forces out there. If healthy, Casey could give a lot to this Bengals defense and he’s absolutely worth a flier.
Jurrell Casey would make the Cincinnati Bengals a better team.
Casey might have gotten injured just three games into his only season with the Broncos but prior to that, he was durable. He played in double-digit games in every season with the Titans and was reliable for them on defense.
Keeping on this subject, Roling added this:
"Eventually a cap casualty, the 31-year-old Casey still has plenty to offer teams if he’s fully healthy in 2021. He is, after all, the same player who put up a 74.6 PFF grade in 2019 over 14 games, tallying five sacks and a forced fumble."
The Bengals finished the 2020 season last in sacks and lost their sack leader, Carl Lawson, in free agency. While they signed Trey Hendrickson and drafted a whopping four defensive linemen, Casey is a veteran presence who knows how to get after the quarterback.
This move makes sense on so many levels and if Jurrell Casey is healthy, the Bengals should absolutely look into inking him to a “prove it” deal.