Tag Strategies for Derrick Henry:
Out of all the Titans’ key free agents, I believe Derrick Henry is the least likely to sniff the open market when the new league year officially begins.
After having a dominant 2019 campaign in which the Titans running back put the team on his back on the way to the AFC Championship game, Henry set himself up for a nice payday while becoming the face of this often faceless franchise along the way.
Following the inevitable release of Dion Lewis, Ian Rapoport stated that Tennessee planned on bringing Derrick Henry back at a “big number”.
If the Titans are unable to reach a long term deal by the Monday deadline, I fully expect Tennessee to franchise tag Derrick Henry in order to give themselves more time to work a long term deal out, while also preventing other teams from making a pitch at the superstar running back.
The former University of Alabama product, won the NFL rushing title last season after running for 1,540 yards during the regular season. He then went bananas in January by rushing for another 446 yards in his team’s three playoff games.
Henry finished his 2019 season/postseason with an astounding 1,986 rushing yards and 21 total touchdowns (18 rushing, two receiving, one passing).
Whether Derrick Henry reaches a long term deal or is ultimately franchise tagged, I think it’s safe to say that we can expect to see some vicious stiff arms inside Nissan Stadium from No. 22 in the near future.