Pro Football Focus recognized the Week 16 performance of Tennessee Titans quarterback Ryan Tannehill, and Bleacher Report thinks Derrick Henry is the No. 1 free agent running back.
Tannehill completed 17-of-27 passes for 272 yards and three touchdowns against the New Orleans Saints, earning a PFF grade of 91.2, the highest of any player at his position in Week 16.
As PFF notes in its write-up for Tannehill, he was an impressive 7-of-10 for 151 yards and two touchdowns on passes of 10 or more yards. He was also able to achieve that in the face of constant pressure from New Orleans.
The former No. 8 overall pick currently leads the NFL in passer rating (116.5).
Tannehill is at the top of the Titans’ list of free agents in 2020, and reports have already surfaced stating Tennessee is considering giving him a new contract after 2019.
Spotrac recently estimated that Tannehill could get a three-year deal worth $76.7 million, which would work out to $25.5 million annually.
Derrick Henry the No. 1 free agent RB?
Knox notes that while Henry received a big workload the last two years (he really only received a big workload at the end of 2018), he still doesn’t have a lot of tread on the tires at the age of 25.
"At just 25 years old, Henry is a prime candidate for a team in search of a long-term solution. He’s received a heavy workload over the past two seasons but hasn’t been run into the ground like, say, Ezekiel Elliott. Elliott has seen 1,151 carries in his four-year career—while playing six fewer games—while Henry has just 772 rushing attempts."
Henry is in the midst of a career year with the Titans. He has posted career-highs in both rushing yards (1,329) and touchdowns on the ground (13).
Henry also sits third in rushing yards in the NFL and could have conceivably won the rushing title if not for a hamstring injury that has slowed him in recent weeks.
Like Tannehill, Henry is a free agent after this season, but he should be a top priority after proving just how important he is to this team.
Should the Titans decide not to give him a new contract, the team has the option of putting a franchise or transition tag in 2020. A franchise tag would pay the Alabama product about $10.3 million next season, while a transition tag would net him about $8.5 million.