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Raiders News: Vic Beasley Signs Practice Squad Contract After Titans Release

Jenna CiccotelliCorrespondent IINovember 23, 2020

Tennessee Titans defensive end Vic Beasley (44) warms up before an NFL football game against the Pittsburgh Steelers Sunday, Oct. 25, 2020, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Wade Payne)
Wade Payne/Associated Press

The Las Vegas Raiders signed linebacker Vic Beasley to their practice squad on Monday.

The move comes just weeks after the Tennessee Titans released him following their Week 8 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals, his fifth outing of the year. Beasley, who is in his sixth season in the league, signed a one-year, $9.5 million deal with the Titans in March. 

Drafted eighth overall out of Clemson by the Atlanta Falcons in 2015, Beasley started every game for Atlanta as a rookie then earned an All-Pro nod in 2016 after he led the league in sacks (15.5) and forced fumbles (6), posting 39 combined tackles and 16 quarterback hits.

After two seasons of lower production, Beasley ended his time in Atlanta on a high note last season, with a career-high 42 tackles and eight sacks, the most since he led the league in 2016. But the Falcons chose not to re-sign him, and he found his way to the Titans in free agency. 

He never seemed to find his footing in Nashville, where he got off to a tough start when he reported to training camp 10 days late, leading to a $500,000 fine and a stint on the non-football injury list. 

Though Beasley's contract doesn't put him on the active roster just yet, the Vegas defense could use a boost. The team has posted the second-fewest sacks in the league (11) and ranks 10th-worst in yards per game (385.8). 

Meanwhile, the team also claimed Takkarist McKinley off waivers.

McKinley is onto his fourth organization this month. After starting the season with the Atlanta Falcons, he was waived on Nov. 9 after he had publicly criticized the organization on social media. He was then claimed by the Cincinnati Bengals, though he never appeared in a game for the club as he failed his physical. He was subsequently waived by the Bengals and claimed by the San Francisco 49erswho also waived him following a failed physical.

McKinley, the 26th overall pick in 2017, has 17.5 career sacks in three-plus seasons. The 25-year-old has one sack and eight tackles in four appearances this season.

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