The Raiders have signed former Falcons pass rusher Vic Beasley on Monday.
The Las Vegas Raiders have signed former Falcons pass rusher Vic Beasley, according to NFL reporter Adam Schefter.
The Raiders made the move official just one day after the team lost an important game against the Kansas City Chiefs on primetime on Sunday Night Football.
Schefter notes that Beasley will be joining the team’s practice squad, which is a move made by other teams to bring on a player while also allowing them to learn the playbook and adjust before joining the active roster. Cornerback Deandre Baker joined the Chiefs practice squad last week for the same reasons.
Beasley should be familiar to football fans as the former No. 8 overall selection from the 2015 NFL Draft by the Atlanta Falcons. He played five full seasons in Atlanta and started 60 games in that span, but he never became the impact pass rusher anticipated by Dan Quinn’s defense. Unfortunately the team’s inability to turn the corner defensively is what has plagued the franchise for so many years, and Beasley’s own draft status is one of the biggest reasons why.
However, for the Raiders, the history with Beasley is there to generate some sacks. He has 37.5 of them in his career and even led the NFL with 15.5 back in 2016. The Titans tried to provide a change of scenery earlier this year by signing the linebacker to a $9.5 million deal for a single season, but he lasted a total of five games before the team decided to part ways with him. The Raiders are now his third NFL team.
In order to make room for Beasley, the Raiders have released defensive lineman Datone Jones.