Derrick Henry would prefer to stay with the Tennessee Titans.
But the Titans are going to have to pony up some cash to make that happen (at least longterm).
Henry told ESPN at the Pro-Bowl that he has to get with his agent and see how things go, adding that he “definitely” wants to stay in Tennessee.
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The Titans have the option of using the franchise tag on Henry, the league’s leading rusher in 2019, if they so desire.
But they also need to find a way to keep quarterback Ryan Tannehill, who could potentially land a lucrative contract in free agency.
I’m always leery of giving running backs a massive contract after their rookie deal. They don’t usually pay off. But Henry is such an integral part of the Titans’ offense that it might be wise.
Typical running backs are a dime a dozen. But Henry isn’t a typical running back — he proved that with his ridiculous run at the end of the regular season/first two games of the playoffs.
Something else to remember is that while Henry just finished his fourth year in the NFL, he really only has three seasons worth of carries. In his first two years, he carried the ball a total of 286 times.
By comparison, Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott had 1,004 career touches after his first three years in the league (when he received his mega contract extension).
Henry has 861 total touches through his first four years in the league. Given his body type, I think he’s got plenty left in the tank, despite the fact that he turned 26 earlier this month.
I wouldn’t give Henry a six year deal like Elliott received, but I don’t think a four year deal is unreasonable considering his relatively low level of usage during his first few years in the league.
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