Derrick Henry isn’t expected to sign a long-term deal

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None of the players given franchise tags this offseason have signed long-term extensions with their current teams and it doesn’t sound like anyone should expect a flood of them before Wednesday afternoon’s deadline.

Recent days have brought word that the deadline is expected to pass without extensions for Washington guard Brandon Scherff, Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott, Chargers tight end Hunter Henry or Giants defensive lineman Leonard Williams. Titans running back Derrick Henry is also on that list.

Adam Schefter of ESPN reports that Henry and the Titans aren’t expected to find common ground on a multi-year deal before the deadline. Titans General Manager Jon Robinson hinted that things could play out this way when he talked recently about the effect that current salary cap uncertainty has on long-term planning.

Henry stands to make $10.27 million under the terms of the tag, which he signed in April. He would be in line for unrestricted free agency or another tag after the 2020 season if the deadline does pass without an agreement.

17 responses to “Derrick Henry isn’t expected to sign a long-term deal

  1. He had a great run last year but RB’s don’t last long anymore, they can easily be replaced

  2. DH had a few big games and expects a huge deal lol. Let him have another average year and he will get 5-6 mill a year. Should strike while the iron is hot

  3. I know a lot of people have the philosophy of never paying a running back, but a some RBs are a cut above your standard plug & play guy. Henry is one of them. The problem with tagging him is that the floor of his yearly salary is now $10.27.

    The Titans should try to get him signed because it only goes up from there. I know – easier said than done. Unless they intend to give him a lot of carries this year then let him test free agency. Not an easy situation.

  4. I’ll preface this by saying I don’t feel bad for millionaire adults making millions to play a game, but its gotta stink to be a free agent or player on a one year deal. I wonder if long-term (assuming COVID is solved in the next year) players will take this sort of scenario into consideration and be more willing to sign extensions sooner. I know I’m speaking as a shmuck making shmuck money, but really what’s the difference between holding out for another million when you can sign a more guaranteed deal and have your future completely figured out?

  5. I’m not even a Titan’s fan, but all I know is that I LOVE watching him run!

    Hope it works out well for both sides. Wed’ take him on my team previously known as the Washington Redskins!

  6. The wheels will fall off this overused RB very soon. Some sucker team will pay him a lot, for past services.

  7. touchback6 says:
    July 14, 2020 at 8:41 am
    Translation?

    Tenn just made a huge mistake overpaying for Tannehill.

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    Isn’t Tannehill the QB that ended the Patriots’ season last year?

  8. @SWFLPC.INC says:
    July 14, 2020 at 11:40 am
    touchback6 says:
    July 14, 2020 at 8:41 am
    Translation?

    Tenn just made a huge mistake overpaying for Tannehill.

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    Isn’t Tannehill the QB that ended the Patriots’ season last year?
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    Him and Logan Ryan! It was a great run for certain!

  9. SWFLPC.INC says:
    July 14, 2020 at 11:40 am
    touchback6 says:
    July 14, 2020 at 8:41 am
    Translation?

    Tenn just made a huge mistake overpaying for Tannehill.

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    Isn’t Tannehill the QB that ended the Patriots’ season last year?
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    Pretty sure that was Derrick Henry. Tannehill is the one that got overpaid for it though.

  10. The Titans hold the cards here. Even if they tag him next season, he still is only getting about $12M. $22M for two years isn’t bad for the NFL’s rushing leader, especially at his age. And yes with Tannehill they will run him as much as possible, even if the wheels fall off.

  11. Smart move only if he could play hapless defenses like the Patriots or Bengals every week.

  12. Serenity now- Insanity later says:
    July 14, 2020 at 7:05 am
    He had a great run last year but RB’s don’t last long anymore, they can easily be replaced
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    I’m pretty sure it would be pretty difficult to find another player better than Henry.
    He was unstoppable and without him they don’t even make the playoffs. Running backs this good that can dominate a game only come every few years. Pay the man.

  13. I understand that a lot of people are hard on Henry, but truthfully, the Titans haven’t really depended on him until late in the season for the past couple years. Henry is the real deal and in years past would have been paid insanely.

    These days, after what people have witnessed with Gurley and Zeke, there’s NO WAY RB’s are going to command that type of money anymore. It’s just not going to happen.

  14. Serenity now- Insanity later says:
    July 14, 2020 at 7:05 am
    He had a great run last year but RB’s don’t last long anymore, they can easily be replaced
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    After Eddie George left as a free agent following the 2003 season, the Titans have had 12 “1,000 yard” seasons Chris Brown, Travis Henry, LenDale White, Chris Johnson, DeMarco Murray, and Derrick Henry.

    Chris Johnson had 6 of the 12, Derrick Henry has had 2.

    Chris Johnson in 2008 and Derrick Henry in 2019 are the only two to pass 1,500 yards.

    From 2014-2017, they had one 1,000 yard back (Murray) the other seasons, their leading rushers were Antonio Andrews and Bishop Sankey.

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