Titans tackle Jurrell Casey retires after 10 NFL seasons

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Defensive tackle Jurrell Casey is retiring from the NFL after 10 seasons, the first nine with the Tennessee Titans and the last with Denver.

Casey scheduled his announcement for Thursday afternoon at Nissan Stadium, where he became a five-time Pro Bowl pick, six-time defensive captain and a team two-time Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year. His 51 sacks rank seventh in team history and are second only to Jevon Kearse’s 52 sacks since 1999 in the Titans era.

Titans controlling owner Amy Adams Strunk said there was no greater model for what a player can do on and off the field than Casey. On the field, she said he was a force helping rebuild the franchise’s culture of success capped by being a captain of the 2019 team that reached the AFC championship game.

“On behalf of our entire organization, I congratulate him on a fantastic career, and we will always consider him part of the Titans family,” Strunk said.

Casey started 140 of 142 career games with 51 sacks, 59 tackles for loss, 19 passes defended, eight forced fumbles and five fumble recoveries. He missed only five games with the Titans as the 77th pick overall in the third round of the 2011 draft out of Southern California.

The Titans traded him to Denver in March 2020. Casey played three games with Denver before a biceps injury ended his season, and the Broncos released him in February.

His 139 regular-season games between 2011 and 2019 tied for sixth among all NFL defensive linemen in that span. He matched Aaron Donald, Geno Atkins and Fletcher Cox as the only defensive linemen chosen for each Pro Bowl between 2015 and 2019.

Casey had at least five sacks in seven straight seasons through 2019 with his best season in 2013 when he had a career-high 10 1/2 sacks.

He also founded The Casey Fund with his wife, Ryann, in Nashville to support organizations helping at-risk youth and former prisoners.

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