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National Football League(NASHVILLE, Tenn.) — After a breakout season in 2013, the Tennessee Titans have rewarded defensive lineman Jurrell Casey with a four-year extension.
ESPN reports Casey’s deal will pay him $36 million over those four years, with $20.5 million guaranteed.
“We are excited to come to an agreement on an extension with Jurrell,” Titans general manager Ruston Webster said in a statement. “This is something Jurrell has earned not only with his play on the field but his work ethic as well. We appreciate Jurrell’s professionalism through this process and look forward to many good years to come.”
Even though the team has moved from a 4-3 defense to a 3-4, the team has assured Casey he will still be able to play like he’s used to at the pro level.
Casey is entering his fourth season with the Titans after the team selected him in the third round back in 2011. After accumulating 5.5 sacks his first two seasons, Casey exploded for 10.5 sacks in 2013 to go along with 55 total tackles.
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Chris Graythen/Getty Images(NEW ORLEANS) — It didn’t take long for Jimmy Graham to violate the rule many feel was put in place because of him. Following both of his touchdown receptions in Friday’s 31-24 preseason win over Tennessee, Graham proceeded to dunk the football through the goalposts and was penalized 15 yards for it.
The second celebration drew the ire of head coach Sean Payton, who tracked his tight end down on the sideline to scold him. In total, the Saints committed 22 penalties throughout the game. Graham declined interviews as he left the locker room while Payton would not directly comment on the incidents.
The celebration of “dunking” a ball through the goalposts was lumped in with other taunting penalties where the ball is used as a “prop”. Many have referred to the rule chance as the “Jimmy Graham rule”.
“I understand Jimmy’s frustration with that rule change. I understand what he’s doing,” said offensive tackle and team captain Zach Strief. “And yet it’s something, look, if this is a regular-season game, Jimmy’s not dunking over the goalpost. Coach Payton was completely, I think, correct to jump on him. Any of us, I think would expect it.
New Orleans was once again without quarterback Drew Brees who sat with an oblique strain. He is expected to be 100% healthy come the regular season. Wide receiver Marques Colston was also not dressed for action, but for an undisclosed reason.
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Jay Drowns/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — He has not played since 2011, but Vince Young announced his retirement from the NFL on Saturday. Young played parts of six seasons with the Tennessee Titans and Philadelphia Eagles.
Young was the third overall pick in 2006 by the Titans and was named Rookie of the Year, starting immediately. The former Texas Longhorn was also selected to the Pro Bowl in both 2006 and 2009. The 31-year-old threw for 8,964 yards and 46 touchdowns during his career.
After not playing in 2013, Young was cut by the Green Bay Packers and was later signed by the Cleveland Browns May 1. Cleveland also signed Tyler Thigpen that day before releasing Young after they drafted Johnny Manziel.
Althought he signed a rookie contract that guaranteed him just under $27 million, Young suffered from financial issues his entire career and filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy earlier this year.
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Andy Lyons/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Free agent running back Chris Johnson agreed to a contract with the New York Jets on Wednesday. The two-year deal is worth up to $9 million, according to ESPN.
Johnson was originally selected out of East Carolina wi…
Andy Lyons/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — The Tennessee Titans have released running back Chris Johnson on Friday, the team announced in a statement.
Johnson, 28, spent the first six seasons of his NFL career with the Titans. He ran for a c…
NFL Shield(NASHVILLE, Tenn.) — Tennessee Titans head coach Ken Whisenhunt added former Jacksonville Jaguars and Buffalo Bills head coach Mike Mularkey to his coaching staff on Wednesday, as a tight ends coach.
Before his coaching days, Mularkey suite…
Christian Petersen/Getty Images(NASHVILLE, Tenn.) — Ken Whisenhunt was introduced as the new Titans head coach on Tuesday.
Whisenhunt spent 2013 as the Chargers offensive coordinator and is looking forward to his new journey in Tennessee.
Christian Petersen/Getty Images(NASHVILLE, Tenn.) — The Tennessee Titans hired former San Diego Chargers offensive coordinator Ken Whisenhunt as their head coach Monday.
“I have a lot of respect for Ken as a coach and as an offensive mind,&rdquo…
NFL via Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Black Monday has come and passed in the NFL, but the status of Tennessee Titans head coach Mike Munchak is far from set it stone.
Munchak recently completed his third season with the team, and again failed to make the …
Scott Boehm/Getty Images(DENVER) – Broncos wide receiver Wes Welker has been ruled out for Thursday night’s game against the San Diego Chargers with a concussion.
The five-time Pro Bowler suffered his second concussion in the past four games dur…
NFL via Getty Images(NEW YORK) — At 5-8, the Tennessee Titans’ season is slowly unraveling under head coach Mike Munchak. Despite increased criticism, Munchak is not worried about his job security.
“We have three games to go. We have a lot of football…
Dustin Bradford/Getty Images(DENVER) – Denver Broncos kicker Matt Prater set an NFL record Sunday, hitting a 64-yard field goal right before halftime, as the Broncos routed the Titans 51-28.
Prater broke the previous record of 63 yards, set by T…
Joe Robbins/Getty Images(INDIANAPOLIS) — Adam Vinatieri matched a career-high with five field goals, leading the Indianapolis Colts past the Tennessee Titans 22-14 Sunday.
“Someone’s going to get hot in the league,” Colts head coach Chuck …
BananaStock(NASHVILLE, Tenn.) — Titans quarterback Jake Locker will miss the rest of the season after suffering a Lisfranc injury to his right foot, during Sunday’s 29-27 loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars. Tennessee made the move official on Tues…
Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — NFL: Tennessee Titans 28 (4-4) – St. Louis Rams 21 (3-6)
Kansas City Chiefs 23 (9-0) – Buffalo Bills 13 (3-6)
Carolina Panthers 34 (5-3) – Atlanta Falcons 10 (2-6)
Dallas Cowboys 27 (5-4) – Minnesota Vikings 23 (1-7)
Scott Boehm/Getty Images(EARTH CITY, Mo.) — The Tennessee Titans got the best of their former head coach Jeff Fisher on Sunday with a 28-21 win.
Titans running back Chris Johnson rushed into the end zone from 19 yards back for his second rushing touch…
Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images(EARTH CITY, Mo.) — Jeff Fisher will coach against the team he spent 16 seasons with when the St. Louis Rams (3-5) host the Tennessee Titans (3-4) on Sunday.
Fisher’s final season in Tennessee was in 2010 and he looks at it…
Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images(NASHVILLE, Tenn.) — Tennessee Titans owner K.S. “Bud” Adams died on Monday in his Houston home. He was 90.
Adams founded the Houston Oilers for the American Football League and moved the team from Houston to Tenness…
Jason O.Watson/Getty Images(NASHVILLE, Tenn.) — Jamaal Charles gained 145 total yards and rushed for the go-ahead touchdown with 6:23 left in the game, leading the Kansas City Chiefs to a 26-17 victory over the Tennessee Titans Sunday.
Doug Pensinger/ Getty Images(NEW YORK) — NFL: New Orleans Saints 26 (5-0) – Chicago Bears 18 (3-2)
Kansas City Chiefs 26 (5-0) – Tennessee Titans 17 (3-2)
Philadelphia Eagles 36 (2-3) – New York Giants 21 (0-5)
Cincinnati Bengals 13 (3-2) – New Englan…