The Tennessee Titans will be paying running back Derrick Henry $10.2 million next season to carry the rock, just a year after the former Alabama standout led the NFL in rushing yards.
Henry, who was franchised tagged by the Titans earlier this offseason, set a career high in 2019 by rushing for 1,540 yards. That total bested his previous career high by nearly 500 yards.
The oddsmakers are expecting more of the same from Henry in 2020.
Sportsbetting.ag has listed Henry as the favorite to lead the NFL in rushing yards in 2020.
Here’s the complete set of odds:
Derrick Henry 6/1
Christian McCaffrey 7/1
Dalvin Cook 10/1
Ezekiel Elliott 10/1
Saquon Barkley 14/1
Chris Carson 16/1
Joe Mixon 16/1
Josh Jacobs 16/1
Leonard Fournette 16/1
The Titans weren’t able to reach a longterm agreement with Henry, which is why the franchise tag was used. But Tennessee is still hoping to keep Henry in Nashville for years to come.
Titans general manager Jon Robinson said earlier this month “He’s an important part of our football team. I’ve spoken to his representatives after we’ve used the tag.”
“We want to continue to have those discussions and back-and-forths in hopes of reaching some kind of long-term agreement”, added Robinson.
“We will kick those conversations off again probably, certainly before training camp gets ramped up and going.”
According to ESPN, Henry is the first running back to ever receive the franchise tag after leading the league in rushing yards the previous season.
If a longterm deal isn’t reached between Henry and the Titans, it’s feasible that Tennessee could use the franchise tag on the star running back again after the 2020 season. But that’s unlikely, considering the cost would be considerably higher than it was this year.
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