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Hunter Henry likely to be franchise tagged by Chargers

Chargers, Hunter Henry

All 32 teams in the NFL will have until March 12 to decide on whether or not to use their franchise tag and the Los Angeles Chargers could be planning to use it on an offensive player. According to Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports, Hunter Henry is likely to be franchise tagged by Los Angeles.

Earlier this month, the Chargers announced that they won’t be bringing back Philip Rivers next season. Regardless of who is under center in 2020, Los Angeles would prefer to retain Henry in the offense.

Back in 2016, the Chargers selected Henry in the second round of the draft out of Arkansas. Ever since he came into the NFL, injuries have been a concern with Henry. Altogether, Henry has missed 22 games in his first four seasons.

Despite missing four games in 2019, Henry still finished with a career-high 55 receptions for 652 yards and five touchdowns. When healthy, Henry is a dangerous receiving threat in Los Angeles’ aerial attack. However, it’s risky to commit to him long-term due to his injury woes.

Instead of signing him to a multi-year contract, the Chargers could use their franchise tag on Henry. If Henry ended up hitting free agency, he would definitely garner a decent price tag from another team. Ahead of free agency, Henry and Austin Hooper are considered to be the best available tight ends in free agency.

In light of that, Los Angeles is going to try everything in their power to keep Henry next season. While he’s been riddled by injuries thus far in his career, Henry could be an ideal choice for the franchise tag for the Chargers.