No Deal For Chargers, Hunter Henry

The Chargers and Hunter Henry won’t have an extension in place by the afternoon deadline, Ian Rapoport of (on Twitter) hears. There was strong mutual interest in a long term arrangement, but the current economic client scuttled any potential deal.

Henry has already signed his one-year, $11MM tender, so he’s locked in for the upcoming season. Back in April, Henry said he was “close” to inking an extension at some point, but a deal never came together. Now, he’s playing on a prove-it deal, and he mostly needs to prove that he can stay healthy.

The former second-rounder missed all of 2018 with a ACL tear and also missed time last year with a knee injury. At the same time, 2019 was a career year for Henry – he tallied 55 catches for 652 yards and five touchdowns in just 12 games.

It’s not an ideal outcome for Henry, but he does have the honor of being the first tight end to receive the franchise tag since 2014, when the Saints used it to cuff Jimmy Graham. For now, Henry says he’s focused on the present.

“To me, I have so much to prove,” Henry said recently. “Honestly, everybody knows my history of injuries. Unfortunate injuries that have happened in my career and I feel like that has held me back a little bit sometimes. I’m just eager to kinda get through something that I haven’t been able to do for a full season…I feel the best I’ve felt in probably a couple years, for sure. I’m excited.”

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6 comments on “No Deal For Chargers, Hunter Henry

  1. Wyoming Bison Expansion Team

    With Tyrod Taylor as his QB this year Henry’s numbers may drop, which will hurt his free agent value next off season.

    it’ll be interesting to see what he was offered vs. what he is asking for and how that compares to how much he actually gets next off season.

    • baseball10

      Did you watch Rivers last year? He was absolutely awful the majority of the time. Taylor isnt a stud by any means but I don’t necessarily see a drop off for Henry because of him

      • bradthebluefish

        Rivers wasn’t himself BUT he sure loves throwing to TEs. Unsure if that’s true with Tyrod Taylor but we’ll see.

      • Wyoming Bison Expansion Team

        Yet Allen had 1,200 yards, Williams had 1,000 yards, and even Ekeler managed to get about 1,000 yards receiving and 8 TDs.

        You’d think Henry would have better production. He averaged about 55 yards a game. Everyone else above averaged 60+ yards a game.

        And it’s not as if Taylor had success with TEs in Buffalo. Never had a TE with over 600 yards in his 3 years in Buffalo.

        2015- Charles Clay had 51 catches for 528 yards and 3 TDs
        2016 – Charles Clay had 57 receptions for 552 yards and 4 TDs
        2017- Charles Clay had 49 receptions for 558 yards and 2 TDs.

  2. GoChargers

    Henry will be fine this year if he stays healthy. Between Allen, Williams, Ekeler and Henry then at least one of them is open on almost every play and Taylor is mobile enough to find the time to get them the ball.

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