Hours after I posted about Derrick Henry and the Titans not reaching a deal, it appears they have finally agreed on a long-term contract.
After months of talking, Henry and the Titans finally agreed on a deal on Wednesday. Despite originally being placed on the franchise tag, Titans and the 2019 rushing leader agreed on a four-year deal. In the deal, Henry will receive $50 million. $25.5 million is guaranteed up front.
Back in March, the team announced the use of a non-exclusive-franchise tag. In other words, other teams had the right to be able to negotiate with the Titans having the chance to match that offer. If the Titans did not match that offer, Tennessee would receive two first round draft picks from that team.
But that does not matter now as the 2015 Heisman Trophy winner agreed on a huge deal.
The Titans selected Henry back in the 2016 NFL Draft with a second round pick. Despite having only 490 rushing yards and five touchdowns in his rookie year, he has improved year-by-year. Last season, Henry had a remarkable campaign.
Henry managed to make his first Pro Bowl and lead the NFL in rushing yards, carries, and rushing touchdowns. “El Tractorcito” had 303 carries for 1,540 yards and 16 touchdowns.
The NFL rushing king had a massive influence on the Titans run to the AFC Title Game in the Playoffs. In the Titans’ three playoff games, Henry averaged over 148 yards per game.
There is little to no doubt that Henry will have a massive impact on the Titans offense this season. There is no denying that Henry is the best running back in the NFL at the moment. If there is anyone who deserved a pay day this off season, it was him.