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Ryan Tannehill speaks out on Derrick Henry’s contract status with Titans

Ryan Tannehill, Derrick Henry, Titans

The Tennessee Titans have until Wednesday to reach a long-term agreement with running back Derrick Henry, but unless things changed dramatically within the next 24 hours, it doesn’t look like that is going to happen.

Titans quarterback Ryan Tannehill, who re-signed with the Titans on a multi-year deal earlier this offseason, spoke out on Henry’s contract status with the club on Tuesday:

“I respect Derrick. I love playing with Derrick, think he played his tail off last year and should be paid,” Tannehill said on SiriusXM NFL Radio. “So, you know, anytime a teammate gets paid, that’s something I get excited about. Especially a guy who worked extremely hard and lays it on the line each and every week. So, obviously would love to see Derrick get extended and I’ll be keeping an eye on that.”

Henry is coming off of a monster 2019-20 campaign in which he led the NFL in both rushing yards (1,540) and rushing touchdowns (16). He did all of that while averaging a hefty 5.1 yards per carry en route to his first Pro Bowl appearance.

The 26-year-old also enjoyed a spectacular playoff run, racking up 446 yards and a couple of touchdowns while logging 5.4 yards per attempt in three postseason games.

Henry, who played his collegiate football at the University of Alabama, was originally selected by Tennessee in the second round (45th pick overall) of the 2016 NFL Draft.

It wasn’t until his third season when Henry really broke out, as he rattled off 1,059 yards and 12 scores while recording 4.9 yards per tote in 2018.

The Titans made it all the way to the AFC Championship Game this past year, where they lost to the Kansas City Chiefs.