After finishing the 2019 season as the rushing champion, it looks like the Tennessee Titans are prepared to sign Derrick Henry to a long-term deal.
Yesterday the Tennessee Titans released running back Dion Lewis, as some expected to free up cap space, ahead of the beginning of free agency. This can only mean one thing for the Titans and their star running back Derrick Henry.
As the sports world began shutting down, Ian Rappaport reported that a “big number” could be coming Henry’s way after Lewis was let go.
Depending on your definition of “big number,” I’d say Henry is going to get an Ezekiel Elliott level contract. This would obviously be a very good thing for Henry as he gets a long-term deal instead of a franchise tag, and it could pay off for the Titans too if Henry continues to get better.
If this is the first move that happens for the Titans in free agency, then that leaves the quarterback question still unanswered. We all know everything surrounding that debate, but depending on what the number is for Henry, it could decide which quarterback is in the Titans’ price range.
Henry was a big bulk of the Titans’ offense last season, so based on what he did to carry the offense when Marcus Mariota or Ryan Tannehill couldn’t. Henry came in the clutch when it was most important, too, in the playoffs.
He almost single handily carried the Titans to the AFC Championship, at least offensively. The defense played its part, but Henry was the main attraction for the Titans’ playoff run.
The average person might look at Henry and think he’s not worth what the Titans might be willing to pay him, but I think, as many do, that Henry will probably be worth whatever price that the Titans are willing to offer.