Derrick Henry has already expressed his interest in staying with the Titans long term, so it shouldn’t be that difficult to strike a deal with the reigning rushing leader. If for any reason conflict does come up and it isn’t looking good for either party, the Titans should look to use the franchise tag on Henry because, after all, he is essential to the Titans’ winning formula.
According to Spotrac, Henry’s contract should look something like four years for $55.3 million (13.7 million annually). This contract is comparable to running backs like Le’Veon Bell and Todd Gurley and is the money that Henry is predicted to get paid.
He led the league in rushing yards this past season and was vital to their run to the AFC Championship Game while rushing for nearly 450 yards in just three postseason games. The Titans should — and probably already have — make Henry their No. 1 free agent target this offseason because without him, who knows if they’re even in the playoffs.