Taylor Lewan wants to see Derrick Henry stay with the Titans for a long time.
If you have ever listened to Bussin with the Boys, you know that all of Derrick Henry’s Tennessee Titans teammates think the world of him, including star offensive tackle Taylor Lewan.
Sure, they are teammates and you expect him to support each other, but it has always been very clear that Lewan is partial to Henry. No disrespect to Jack Conklin (who I thought the team should have absolutely re-signed) or Logan Ryan, but before free agency started you could tell how much Lewan respected Henry and how much he wanted him back on the team in 2020 and beyond.
In a conference call this week, Lewan made that even more clear when he gave his take on the NFL’s reigning rushing champion.
Turron Davenport’s tweet explained it best when he said:
Where does a potential Henry deal stand?
It is tricky because right now no one knows what the cap will be next year. While many expected a big jump in space, the pandemic has called that into question.
You see, the cap is based on the revenue that the NFL earns, so even if the NFL has a full normal season but can’t have fans in the stadium, that is a significant percentage of their profit gone thanks to no ticket sales.
Still, I think that Jon Robinson and Derrick Henry understand that they are the best fit for each other. How many times have we seen good running backs leave and a team just doesn’t have the same spark on offense without them?
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By the same token, how many times have we seen a team overpay a running back in free agency only for that running back to be a bad fit for that scheme or just a waste of money?
It seems like the happy medium is for the team to give the player a deal with little guaranteed money, but instead load it up with incentives based on playing time, performance and production.
That way, if a back commits to a team and never plays well again, they get some solid money in guarantees but not so much that it kills the team’s ability to make moves in free agency.
When all is said and done it wouldn’t shock me to see Henry sign a 4 year deal for $10 million per year on paper, but the guaranteed money is very low. That is a win-win for everyone, especially if Henry has as much left in the tank as Titans fans think.
Having Lewan in his corner won’t change the front office’s decision on Derrick Henry, but it may make them a little more willing to give in to some of his requests.