Derrick Henry and the Tennessee Titans officially agreed to a four-year deal worth 50 million dollars. Yesterday, the news seemed certain Henry would be playing on the franchise tag. However, just before the deadline, the Titans managed to strike a deal with their star running back.
In 2019, the Titans finally bought into Derrick Henry. The King ran for a league-leading 1,540 yards during 15 regular-season games. In the playoffs, he totaled 83 carries for almost 500 yards. The best part for the Titans is Henry had a low total number of carries per game in his first two seasons. In the past two seasons, Derrick averaged 17 and 20 carries per game. Therefore, King Henry has many more miles left in the tank. Unlike Eddie George in 2000, the Titans hopefully will be able to manage his carries somewhere around 20 per game.
A year ago, Derrick Henry carried the Titans past the Patriots and the Ravens in the playoffs. Tennessee was one win away from playing in the Super Bowl but unfortunately ran into Patrick Mahomes. In the 2020 NFL free agency period, Titans GM Jon Robinson was able to sign Ryan Tannehill and Derrick Henry. Tennessee is undoubtedly looking to run it back as they say in 2020.
Henry’s contact apparently will be for 25.5 million guaranteed, and only count around 6 million towards the cap in the upcoming season. If the cap number is correct, Jadeveon Clowney to the Titans is still alive and well. The debate will always be whether or not you give a running back a long term deal. However, we have never seen a running back like Derrick Henry before. We may not know who wins the upcoming Presidential Election, but we do know King Henry has at least “Four More Years” in Nashville. Now the only question left is will Derrick Henry and Ryan Tannehill be enough to win a Super Bowl.