Derrick Henry is coming off of back-to-back 1,000-yard seasons and now after his monster run in the playoffs he has been rewarded with a contract extension from the Tennessee Titans. This deal came down right before the deadline for franchise tagged players to receive an extension.
The new deal is a four-year, $50 million deal, with $25.5 million guaranteed, according to Adam Schefter of ESPN. With roughly two years of guaranteed money, this feels like a fairly team-friendly deal. Although Henry gets more than he was going to play for this season on the franchise tag, along with another year of guaranteed money.
This is fairly surprising. Not that Tennessee wants to keep Henry, but the timing of the deal. Reports surrounding these negotiations hinted that a deal had almost no chance of happening. However, Tennessee now has their franchise running back locked up.
Derrick Henry Gets His Extension
Is Derrick Henry the best running back in football? That’s debatable. However, what’s not debatable is that during the stretch from the last week of the regular season through the playoffs, he was the best running back in football in terms of the numbers he was putting up.
That run started in week 17 against the Texans when he ran for 211 yards, and it continued with a 182-yard performance when the Titans went into New England and upset the defending champions.
The run continued the next week with his best performance. This was a game against the best team in the league during the regular season, the Ravens. In that game Henry ran for 195 yards and three touchdowns. On top of that, he threw for a touchdown in a 28-12 domination that sent the Titans to the AFC Championship. The run would end there and the Chiefs held Henry in check with only 69 yards on the ground.
Tennessee gave Ryan Tannehill a big contract earlier this offseason, that featured $91 million guaranteed with $62 million guaranteed at signing. Now, they are going to be tied to Henry, pairing the two backfield mates together with one of the top offensive lines in football.
It wouldn’t be surprising to see Henry replicate something close to his 1,540 yards this season, especially behind the offensive line Tennessee has in place. However, for Tennessee to make another good run this season Tannehill will have to play up to the level he did after he took the starting job last season.
Tennessee is all-in on the Tannehill-Henry backfield.
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