USC football: 5 former Trojans who still need an NFL team for 2021

Apr 1, 2021, 3:56 PM PDT
Former USC football lineman Jurrell Casey.
Former USC football lineman Jurrell Casey. | Will Newton/Getty Images
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USC football players in the NFL still looking for jobs in free agency include veteran defensive linemen like Jurrell Casey and Everson Griffen and more.

It's been a busy free agency for USC football stars in the NFL already.

Nelson Agholor cashed in on his strong 2020 with a contract in New England. JuJu Smith-Schuster took less money to stay in Pittsburgh. Leonard Williams got his big deal with the Giants. Adoree' Jackson joined him in New York.

Still, there are even more Projans still waiting to figure out where they will play in 2021. Which free agents still need to be signed?

Jurrell Casey

Jurrell Casey
Former USC football lineman Jurrell Casey. | Will Newton/Getty Images

For several years, Jurrell Casey was one of the best Trojans in the NFL. He is a five-time Pro Bowler. He appeared in the NFL's Top 100 players in 2015 and for a four-year run from 2017 through 2020, rising as high as No. 66.

Unfortunately, Casey's career has hit a slump. The Titans traded the veteran to the Broncos for a seventh-rounder last spring. His time in Denver was far from ideal. He appeared in just three games before heading to IR with a torn bicep.

Casey is on the wrong side of 30, but his level was consistently strong up until he got injured. Best of all, a torn bicep isn't the kind of injury that should carry long-term concerns. He's had a relatively clean injury history, so repeat trouble shouldn't be a huge worry.

Some team out there is going to get a great defensive lineman who can start or, at worst, play a key support role.