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Chargers’ Hunter Henry reveals interesting tidbit about contract talks

The Los Angeles Chargers slapped a franchise tag on tight end, Hunter Henry, last month and have until July to reach a long-term deal with him.

But apparently, the Chargers and Henry almost agreed to a multi-year contract until the COVID-19 situation surfaced.

According to Daniel Popper of The Athletic, Henry said that he was “getting close” to a deal with Los Angeles earlier this offseason but that the pandemic and draft preparations “put a delay on everything.”

Henry added that he does not know how close the two sides are now.

The 25-year-old is coming off of a 2019 campaign in which he missed four games due to a tibial plateau fracture. When he was on the field, he was impressive, hauling in 55 receptions for 652 yards and five touchdowns.

Henry, who played his collegiate football at the University of Arkansas, was originally selected by the Chargers in the second round (35th pick overall) of the 2016 NFL Draft.

He appeared in 15 contests during his rookie year, catching 36 passes for 478 yards and eight scores. Then, the following year, Henry posted similar numbers, snaring 45 balls for 579 yards while reaching the end zone four times in 14 games.

The Little Rock native seemed to be on the verge of a breakout, but in May 2018, Henry suffered a torn ACL, resulting in him being sidelined for the entire ensuing season.

Los Angeles was one of the league’s most disappointing teams in 2019, going just 5-11 and missing the playoffs in spite of entering the season with Super Bowl aspirations.