Is there really a chance that the Tennessee Titans trade Derrick Henry before the deadline?
We’ll hear all sorts of rumors going into the NFL trade deadline on October 29th at 3 p.m. CDT, but the one that will make perhaps the least sense would be the Tennessee Titans trading Derrick Henry.
Bleacher Report’s Mike Freeman says there’s a chance that the Titans trade the Alabama product before the trade deadline, even going as far as to say there’s a 25 percent chance it’ll happen.
Freeman said so in his “10-Point Stance” on Wednesday, where he listed a group of players from around the NFL who could be dealt ahead of this Tuesday’s deadline.
"Derrick Henry, RB, Titans: Another situation where a franchise could get good picks and rebuild an offense that is in dire trouble. However, I’m hearing the Titans are hesitant to trade Henry because they think he can be a good centerpiece of the offense in the future. We’ll see how long that theory lasts.Chances of trade: 25 percent"
In seven games, Henry has totaled 506 rushing yards (3.7 yards per carry) and five touchdowns on the ground to go along with 120 receiving yards and another score. While Henry hasn’t gotten off to the start a lot of us imagined, most of that can be blamed on putrid offensive line play.
At 3-4, the Titans are very much in the thick of things, not only for a playoff spot in the AFC, but in their own division. After all, the Indianapolis Colts, who currently sit in first place, are just one ahead in the win column with one game left to play against the Titans this season.
If the Titans can win in Week 8, Tennessee will be .500, on a two-game winning streak and even more in the hunt to make the playoffs. Even if the Titans lost and fell to 3-5, all hope is not gone for the season quite yet.
Trading Henry, who is set to be a free agent following the 2019 campaign, after Week 8 would signal that the Titans are mailing it in, which would be a terrible look for what is an already dejected fan base full of disappointment for how this season is going so far.
And to take it a step further, trading Henry would also take a chunk out of the renewed hope for this season that new starting quarterback Ryan Tannehill has given. There would almost certainly be a revolt in Nashville against the general manager and ownership for doing that.
Of course, the Titans would get a nice return in a pick or picks for Henry and avoid potentially letting him walk in free agency for nothing in 2020, which would give the Titans more draft capital and could serve to help the franchise move up to get a quarterback in the 2020 NFL Draft.
However, it would come at a steep price, with already concerning attendance sure to take another hit. This isn’t a trade the Titans can make, and it’s one I think the team will avoid. There are simply too many negatives outweighing the positives of such a move.