Despite the fact that Derrick Henry is the league’s third-leading rusher with 1,140 yards and is tied for third in rushing touchdowns with 11, the Titans have not had any discussions regarding a potential contract extension with the running back, league sources tell ESPN’s Adam Schefter. The former Alabama standout is in the final year of his rookie deal that he signed back in 2016, when he was taken 45th overall by the Titans. His rookie deal was for $5.40MM, with $3.30MM guaranteed, and a signing bonus of $2.13MM. Clearly, Henry has earned a big pay raise after his stellar production for the team.
As a matter of policy, Schefter notes that the Titans do not do contract extensions in-season with players, and the team currently has 23 players scheduled to become free agents this offseason, including Henry and quarterbacks Ryan Tannehill and Marcus Mariota. Currently, the Cowboys’ Ezekiel Elliot is the league’s highest paid running back, having signed a massive six-year, $90MM extension with the team back in September, that included $50MM in guaranteed money.
Over the past 16 weeks dating to last season, Henry leads the NFL with 319 carries, for 1,725 rushing yards and 18 rushing touchdowns, and has added 20 catches for 221 yards and two more touchdowns. The Titans are currently 7-5 and take on the 6-6 Raiders today in Oakland.
Here are some more notes from Schefter:
- Despite the sub-par play by the teams of the NFC East this year and a chance for the division winner to have a .500 or below record, there is no plan to reseed teams, and the idea “has gotten zero steam. It’s never been a consideration.”, sources tell Schefter. As odd as the records might appear this season, the NFL does not believe there is reason to change its seeding format for future postseasons, either, notes Schefter. So one of the NFC East teams, likely the Cowboys, who sit at 6-7 coming, or the Eagles who sit at 5-7, will wind up hosting a playoff game at a time when its record is worse than that of the wild-card teams that open the postseason on the road.
- An equipment container that contained some of the Chiefs‘ shoulder pads, helmets, and footballs was not unloaded Saturday and instead accidentally made its way to Newark, New Jersey, where it now is being rushed back to Boston in time for Sunday’s 4:30 p.m. ET kickoff between Kansas City and the Patriots, league sources tell Schefter. The detoured equipment is expected to arrive between 3 and 3:30 p.m. ET, just in time for Sunday’s pivotal match up among the two teams. If the Chiefs did not have the equipment by the time the game started, they would have to forfeit.
- Anyone who enjoyed ESPN’s Joe Tessitore of Monday Night Football referring to Seattle’s D.K. Metcalf as “Decaf Metcalf” can now drink it as well. A Georgia-based coffee company, Volcanica Coffee, partnered last week with Metcalf to begin selling 16-ounce bags of “Decaf Metcalf” coffee on the company’s website, relays Schefter. Tessitore has blessed the deal, with the rookie and him making sure part of the proceeds will be donated to charities of their choice. Metcalf has had a nice year for the Seahawks, hauling in 44 receptions for 705 yards and five touchdowns.