1. Kenyan Drake
- 170 carries, 817 rushing yards, 8 TDs
- 50 receptions, 345 receiving yards
In the days leading up to the deal, the rumors surrounding the former Alabama product heading to Tennessee were heating up. It made sense; the Titans had already sealed a deal with the Miami Dolphins organization earlier in the offseason (you know, Ryan Tannehill), and the team wasn’t getting the expected production out of Lewis it needed.
For the naysayers from the “this will never happen” camp, let me remind you that the Cardinals only gave up a conditional sixth-round pick (with the opportunity to become a fifth-rounder) in the trade for Drake.
The expectation is that Drake is the heir-apparent to running back David Johnson, but at the time of the trade, the Cardinals were so injury-laden that making a move like this was out of sheer desperation. Though unlikely, the Cardinals could fail or choose not to resign him.
Drake’s market value is not dissimilar from Lewis’ value in 2018. Assuming the Titans resign Henry and let Lewis go, they could theoretically pick up where they left off.
Per Spotrac, Drake will command somewhere near a four-year, $22 million contract, averaging roughly $5.5 million a year. Lewis’ average salary is $4.9 million, and the talent disparity between the two is enormous.
What would I give to see this happen? Probably something similar to head coach Mike Vrabel’s Super Bowl offering.