The Ryan Tannehill and Derrick Henry pairing is projected to be worth more wins than other pairings according to NFL.com
The Tennessee Titans are heading into a critical free agency period where several key players including starting QB Ryan Tannehill and Derrick Henry, are all hitting the market at the same time..
General Manager Jon Robinson and company have big decisions to make this offseason and have already started in creating cap space. The Titans have made moves recently to clear up the cap by cutting Dion Lewis, Cameron Wake, Delanie Walker, and Ryan Succop.
With Ryan Tannehill, Derrick Henry, Jack Conklin, and Logan Ryan all hitting the market, the Titans will need to be intelligent in bringing in the right talent back while adding key pieces in free agency to ensure the team can make the next step. While rumors have been floating with Tom Brady and the Titans, the team has continued to show interest in keeping the key play makers around given last season’s success.
That might be the best long term decision according to NFL.com’s Cynthia Frelund. Using an analytics model based on win-shares, Frelund calculated the wins contributed from key free agents to their expected teams.
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Bringing back Ryan Tannehill gives an expected 3.2 win share. Interestingly, the tandem of Derrick Henry and Tannehill gives a 3.7 combined win share for the Titans.
For the team that made the conference finals, bringing back the players that brought them the success makes the most sense. While players like Brady and Jameis Winston might be on the market, the successful ground and play action game between Henry and Tannehill drove defenses mad last season.
The Titans saw the offensive transformation with Tannehill under center last season. Tannehill was the seventh most pressured quarterback but managed the best passer rating in the league last year.
The Titans saw firsthand the visual transformation with Tannehill behind center. Now, they have the media and stats to back it up.