Latest On Titans, Derrick Henry

The Titans and star running back Derrick Henry have been negotiating a long-term pact for at least the past six weeks or so, but as Terry McCormick of TitansInsider.com writes, no extension is imminent. If the two sides cannot agree to terms by July 15, Henry will play out the 2020 season on his $10.278MM franchise tender.

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Henry has already signed the tender, so there won’t be a holdout if nothing gets done by the deadline. But teams have been generally hesitant to authorize large extensions in the uncertain financial climate created by COVID-19, and running backs sometimes have difficulty securing big paydays even under normal circumstances.

On the other hand, Henry is not a normal running back. Thanks to relatively light usage over his first three years in the league, he should have plenty of tread left on his tires, and he is coming off a remarkable campaign in which he led the league in rushing and quite literally carried the Titans to a surprise appearance in the AFC Championship Game. He piled up 1,540 yards and 16 TDs on 303 carries, and he added another 206 yards and two TDs through the air. As such, he is surely shooting for a deal worth at least $15MM per year, with at least $30MM guaranteed at signing.

Given his importance to the team, that doesn’t seem like much of a stretch, but it sounds as if there is still a large gap to bridge between player and team. Nonetheless, McCormick says both sides remain amenable to an extension and plan to continue talking right up to the deadline if necessary.

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  1. CowboysoldierFTW

    Seems like a reasonable deal but I understand teams fear of handing out extensions.

    • washington_bonercats

      If you’re the Titans I think keeping Henry locked up is priority 1. Then again I’m a lot lower on Tannehill than most of the population so who knows.

  2. TradeBait

    Any fall out that may come from the BLM/kneeling stuff has not yet been felt financially by teams. It is what it is.

    • washington_bonercats

      What fall out from kneeling? The league came out with a statement basically apologizing to Kap and that black lives matter. I’m sure every major backer on every NFL team is on board with BLM/kneeling.

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