Vic Beasley reports to Titans camp, ending unexcused absence

Vic Beasley's mysterious absence has ended.

The edge rusher reported to Titans camp Friday, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport and NFL Network's Mike Garafolo reported, per a source informed of the situation. Rapoport later added that Beasley was fined a total of $500,000 for the 10 days he missed as mandated by the Collective Bargaining Agreement.

Beasley joined the Titans this offseason on a one-year, $9.5 million deal that included a $6 million signing bonus, but more than a week after reporting for COVID-19 testing began, Beasley had yet to show up. With more than 60 NFL players opting out of the 2020 season due to concerns related to the ongoing pandemic, there was some thought Beasley might simply be opting out.

Thursday's opt-out deadline passed without Beasley doing so, though, adding further intrigue to Beasley's absence. Titans coach Mike Vrabel was straightforward with reporters on Beasley's absence earlier this week, telling them "we expect him to be here," on Wednesday, while Titans general manager Jon Robinson called Beasley's absence "unexcused" a week ago.

The new CBA essentially made holdouts financially prohibitive because of a fine structure built into it, though as a new addition on a one-year deal, this wouldn't have been a contractual holdout for Beasley. Nonetheless, Beasley was fined $500,000.

In Robinson's statement, the GM said the Titans expected Beasley to report to camp "in the near future." The near future has become present-day reality for all involved, as Beasley will now begin the acclimation process the rest of his teammates started more than a week ago. Stay tuned for the explanation for Beasley's extended absence.

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