Derrick Henry signs franchise tender

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The Titans will have Derrick Henry for at least another year.

Henry signed his franchise tender today, according to ESPN. That means Henry is guaranteed a base salary of $10.2 million this season.

Titans General Manager Jon Robinson said yesterday that he’s optimistic about a long-term deal, and the sides could still reach such a deal before July 15. If they haven’t come to terms on a long-term contract by then, Henry will play on the franchise tag.

Although running backs have been devalued in today’s NFL, the Titans place a high value on Henry after he had the best season of his career, with 303 carries for 1,540 yards and 16 touchdowns in the regular season, followed by 83 carries for 446 yards and two touchdowns in the postseason.

At age 26, Henry is still in his prime, and the Titans are willing to pay a high price for him now. Whether it’s wise to dedicate a lot of money to him for several years into the future remains to be seen.

22 responses to “Derrick Henry signs franchise tender

  1. So basically he’ll be rented for this 1 season which means Tenn has to win it all this season.

  2. I will never understand players that get upset at the franchise tag. They got paid top dollar at their position and re-enter FA the next season. If the team franchises them again which gets them another raise and FA again the next year. Sign me up!

  3. 26 is actually past the prime of most RBs. If I was him I wouldn’t have played under the tag. He could be a different player entirely after another year of being the human battering ram. Let them see if their money was well spent at QB with not having your services the 1st couple of weeks. Most RBs have no leverage but the Titans are a far below avg team without him.

  4. One good season and the rest injury plague, this is his pay day. No deal coming

  5. The RB franchise tag should get special hazard pay like say, a fixed rate of 70% of QB tag from here out. Most replaceable position in football next to long snapper…..so if a guy shows enough talent to be franchised because teams won’t commit to the position for 2+ years then make it hurt more than just middle of the road DE level pay.

  6. Locking in that amount 100% guaranteed is a good deal for both sides. He has two, maybe three more productive years, before it suddenly drops off. If he plays and produces similar numbers this coming season he’ll have all the leverage next off season. Titans need to get him signed to four year deal that gives him guaranteed money equal to this year’s tag and half of next season’s. The remainder not guaranteed until the first day of each succeeding season. He should have the trigger be if he is on the roster at the end of the preceding season. The final two years should be for around the same amount $10M. Thus, 4years; $45M with $16M guaranteed.

  7. Dublin Demons says:
    April 2, 2020 at 12:40 pm

    One good season and the rest injury plague, this is his pay day. No deal coming
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    “One good season…”, clearly you have not been paying attention.

  8. tylawspick6 says:
    April 2, 2020 at 12:18 pm
    So basically he’ll be rented for this 1 season which means Tenn has to win it all this season.

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    I think you might agree that any team with Ryan Tannehill at QB would have to
    mightily overcome that fact to win the Super Bowl. The Titans won’t be the 2000 Ravens.

  9. Wise move by both parties. By signing the tender now (instead of just before the season starts), he shows that he would like to stay longer term, and locks in $10MM guaranteed. Titans now have breathing room to create a deal that works for both parties, and it helps shape their draft board by knowing that the odds are good that they can get Henry to stay longer term

  10. tylawspick6 says:
    April 2, 2020 at 12:18 pm
    So basically he’ll be rented for this 1 season which means Tenn has to win it all this season.

    You wish. He ain’t going anywhere. Multi year deal coming. Book it.

  11. It’s incredible how short the shelf life is modern day for RB’s. look at Leveon Bell(28), David Johnson(28), Devonta Freeman(28), Todd Gurley(25), Lesean McCoy(31)- These are all guys that if you would have asked 2 years ago you’d say they all deserve 10+ mil a year and are elite. If you were to ask today you wouldn’t want your team paying more than 5 mil for any of them.

  12. The RB franchise tag should get special hazard pay like say, a fixed rate of 70% of QB tag from here out. Most replaceable position in football next to long snapper…..so if a guy shows enough talent to be franchised because teams won’t commit to the position for 2+ years then make it hurt more than just middle of the road DE level pay.
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    This is complete nonsense. First of all, $10.2 million is alotta jack. Secondly, different positions are valued differently and their pay reflects that. It’s called the free market. So you’re saying an elite RB should get $23million on the tag just out of fairness? I mean, what utter nonsense.

  13. Not consistent enough to demand top $. Yes he had two 1000 yard seasons, but prior to this past year where he went off, he barely eclipsed 1000 the year prior and didnt even sniff 1000 his first 2 years in the league. And don’t tell me he shared the work load. Because if that’s your answer, then you already proved why he doesnt deserve top $. Top RB don’t share work loads, they get breathers. Huge difference.

  14. Smart of him to sign this. There may not even be a season, might as well take this paycheck either way.

  15. STUD. Love this RB. Makes the game incredibly fun to watch. Wish he played for my team!

  16. Short term, he’s worth more than that. Agents of RBs would be smart to start pushing for shorter contracts with higher guaranteed money. I think they’d find more willing takers. All contracts may head that way eventually, but for RBs it makes sense.

  17. chc4 says:
    April 2, 2020 at 2:23 pm
    The RB franchise tag should get special hazard pay like say, a fixed rate of 70% of QB tag from here out. Most replaceable position in football next to long snapper…..so if a guy shows enough talent to be franchised because teams won’t commit to the position for 2+ years then make it hurt more than just middle of the road DE level pay.
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    This is complete nonsense. First of all, $10.2 million is alotta jack. Secondly, different positions are valued differently and their pay reflects that. It’s called the free market. So you’re saying an elite RB should get $23million on the tag just out of fairness? I mean, what utter nonsense.
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    Yes, that’s what I’m saying. This would keep teams from franchising RBs and trying their hardest to shorten their careers with just a measly 10 mil one year contract. If a guy is talented enough to be franchised at the RB position, he deserves a signing bonus and that first year guaranteed. The franchise tag suppresses the talented RBs and cuts their pay down considerably.

  18. Henry is definitely a better player and teammate than Yannick Ngakoue for the Jags who probably won’t sign his tag for way more… $17,788,000.

  19. In today’s NFL, no running back is worth megamillions. They just aren’t. They’re too easily replaceable. It’s unfortunate, but the shelf life for a good running back is extremely short. Henry will be done in 2 or 3 years as a highly productive back, just like all the others who play that position.

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