Derrick Henry not expecting long-term deal with Titans
Tennessee Titans star running back Derrick Henry may find himself playing for another team after the 2020 season. The Titans seem to have not come to terms with the former Crimson Tide on a contract extension before the deadline. He is set to become an unrestricted free agent after the 2020 season if the two sides fail to reach an agreement.
Adam Schefter of ESPN disclosed the recent developments on the situation on Twitter:
Titans and Derrick Henry are not expected to reach a long-term deal by Wednesday deadline for franchise players, per source. Henry is scheduled to make $10.27M this season and become a free agent in off-season.
Any franchise deals by Wednesday will be an exception, not the rule.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) July 14, 2020
Should the trend continue, Henry will be joining a long list of players who failed to sign a long-term contract extension with their respective teams. This includes Dallas Cowboy Dak Prescott, New York Giant Leonard Williams, and Los Angeles Charger Hunter Henry, among a few others.
The news was an eye-opener for football fans everywhere as the Titans were expected to keep the dominant ball-carrier. Henry was a major contributor to their phenomenal run in the playoffs last season. He topped the league in total rushing yards and rushing touchdowns with 1,540, and 16 respectively. He also tallied 5.1 rushing yards per attempt last season.
The Tennessee Titans finished in second place in the AFC South division with a 9-7 record last season. In the 2019 playoffs, the Titans went on to score an upset against the New England Patriots at Foxborough. The team also eliminated the top-seeded Baltimore Ravens before succumbing to the hands of eventual champion Kansas City Chiefs.
Henry stands to make $10.27 million under the terms of the tag, which he signed in April. Any team who will snag the former Heisman Trophy winner after the 2020 season will surely get a powerful addition to their offense.