Titans, Derrick Henry strike deal before franchise deadline

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

Tennessee Titans and running back Derrick Henry had until 4 pm EST to reach a long-term agreement before he was going to play under a one-year franchise tag. The Titans were able to sneak in a deal with their talented back before the deadline.

Henry agreed to a four-year deal with the Titans. He could potentially earn up to $50 million. The talented back will receive $25.5 million in guaranteed money.

Tennessee Titans running back Derrick Henry attempts a jump pass for a touchdown to Corey Davis against the Baltimore Ravens in the AFC Divisional Playoff Game
Derrick Henry attempts a jump pass for a touchdown to Corey Davis against the Baltimore Ravens in the AFC Divisional Playoff Game (Getty Images)

“I want to stay with the Tennessee Titans,” Henry said earlier this off-season via tennesseetitans.com. “They are the ones that took a chance on me — 31 teams passed on me on the draft and they selected me. I have a lot of love for Tennessee. I have a lot of love for everyone in that organization. And we have grown from the time I got there. (In 2016), we just missed the playoffs, (in 2017) we got into the playoffs and went into the second round. This year, we went to the AFC Championship. We have grown as an organization and as a team, and I think that speaks volumes for the direction we’re headed.”

This off-season, Titans GM Jon Robinson was able to reach long-term deals with Ryan Tannehill and Henry. Robinson previously got Tannehill to agree to a four-year, $118 million deal with $62 million in fully guaranteed money.

Tannehill has $91 million in total guarantees in his deal.

The 26-year-old Yulee, Florida native was a second-round pick by the Titans during the 2016 NFL Draft. He has spent the first four years of his career with the team.

This past season, it was a break out season for Henry. He had a career season 303 carries with 1,540 yards and 16 touchdowns.

In 2019, it was the second straight season that Henry surpassed 1,000 yards in a season. He did not become the team’s full-time starter until the 2018 season.

Since taking over the starting role, he has had 518 carries for 2,599 yards and 28 touchdowns through 31 games, including 27 starts.

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