Ryan Tannehill: Derrick Henry should get paid

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Titans quarterback Ryan Tannehill didn’t have to do an extended contract dance with the team this offseason because he signed a four-year extension with the club in March.

Running back Derrick Henry hasn’t been quite as lucky. Henry got the franchise tag from the Titans and negotiations have not led to a new deal thus far.

It doesn’t look like that’s going to change before Wednesday’s deadline for tagged players to sign multi-year deals, but Tannehill said on SiriusXM NFL Radio that he’s hopeful about the unexpected happening in the coming hours.

“I respect Derrick. I love playing with Derrick, think he played his tail off last year and should be paid,” Tannehill said. “So, you know, anytime a teammate gets paid, that’s something I get excited about. Especially a guy who worked extremely hard and lays it on the line each and every week. So, obviously would love to see Derrick get extended and I’ll be keeping an eye on that.”

Tannehill might not get his wish before Wednesday afternoon, but another year like 2019 would improve the chances of continuing the partnership in the Tennessee backfield.

15 responses to “Ryan Tannehill: Derrick Henry should get paid

  1. derrick henry was by far the best back in the league last year, like gurley in 2018, or fournette in 2017. runningbacks should have special contracts that allow them to make huge money off incentive

  2. He deserved more money last year, but paying for past performance instead of future potential is how you end up with bad contracts. The cliff for running backs comes way too fast.

  3. I mean…how’s a man supposed to get by on $10 million this year?…solid problems to have. Not too many sympathetic ears I would guess.

  4. kind of crazy how Henry was the one who did all the work last year, but Tannehill was the one who got paid. Lesson here – play QB, not RB.

  5. Here’s the problem – Ryan T has shown 2 to 3 months worth of game. I would not pay him yet. With Henry being a running back, I would structure a deal that pays him well if he hits season benchmarks – that way if he gets hurt, he doesn’t cost the team dead weight. If he excels, he makes his well earned money.

  6. Henry is the closest thing we have right now to Tecmo Bowl Bo Jackson but he’s probably logged 4000-5000 carries since high school. Not a ton of tread left on those tires.

  7. doesnt seem like Henry wants to stay in tennessee – he’s a man for a contedning team, The titans will be back to 7-9 again and fighting for 3rd place in the AFCS next season

  8. mrdaz says:
    July 14, 2020 at 4:19 pm
    Henry is the closest thing we have right now to Tecmo Bowl Bo Jackson but he’s probably logged 4000-5000 carries since high school. Not a ton of tread left on those tires.

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    He really doesn’t have a lot of carries for a guy at this stage of his career. He was never asked to be the bellcow at Alabama. They always had so much talent at RB that they split carries a lot. He only had 602 carries in 3 years at Alabama. And through his first 4 NFL seasons he only has 804 carries as he split time with Murray for 2 years and the Dion Lewis (inexplicably) for the first half of last year. He’s only had 2.5 seasons of being a bellcow. His last year at Alabama (Heisman) the last 1.5 years in TN (rushing title).

    I actually believe there isn’t that much injury risk on a 4 year contract. I just believe that paying RBs (even great ones) anything above $10m per season is foolish as you can get 80-90% of that production for much cheaper.

  9. Tannehill is OVERPAID.
    He should give a couple of million to Henry to help smooth the negotiations.

  10. andymannfl says:
    July 14, 2020 at 3:56 pm

    I mean…how’s a man supposed to get by on $10 million this year?/////
    Save that comment for an absurd QB contract. Henry deserves to get paid more than some of the lame QB’s that make $20 million a year or more. Start getting these QB contracts back to earth and pay some other great players.

  11. Tannehill , you dont talk about your teammates contracts and without a run game is no better than he was in Miami.

  12. Patrick says:
    July 14, 2020 at 5:59 pm
    As someone here and others elsewhere have pointed out, Henry got Tannehill paid

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    It goes both ways. Henry really didn’t take off until Tannehill took over. He didn’t get Mariota paid did he?

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