3. Running back
The Tennessee Titans came into the offseason potentially backed into a corner. If they didn’t believe they could get Henry under contract for next year, they almost certainly wouldn’t have been able to cut Dion Lewis.
As the only two running backs on the roster with any real experience, you would expect that one was always going to be retained and obviously Derrick Henry made the most sense there.
Despite the cost, Henry is worth the cap hit in 2020 and a long term deal with less guaranteed yearly would be a great fit for both parties. However, just the fact that the Titans won’t be losing yards by giving it to Dion Lewis makes them better.
I think too often the cost of Lewis and the limitations of Henry on 3rd down led to snaps for Dion Lewis that just didn’t help anyone. Now we know that either one of two things has to happen:
-The Tennessee Titans are going to leave Derrick Henry in on 3rd downs more which would give Ryan Tannehill another home run threat.
-At some point in the 2020 NFL Draft, the Titans are going to focus on running backs who are a threat out of the backfield or who are great pass blockers.
Either way it is going to be an improvement over Dion Lewis who didn’t really seem to have much left by the end of his time in Tennessee.
Addition by subtraction.