Titans guarantee Derrick Henry's departure with questionable Tony Pollard signing

Well... This is a strange signing.

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The Tennessee Titans signed a running back in free agency and it's not who fans would have liked to see signed. Rather than bring back Derrick Henry, a beloved member of the Titans since entering the league in 2016, the Titans opted to sign Cowboys running back Tony Pollard.

First and foremost, this guarantees that Henry won't be back in Nashville because why would the team sign Pollard and then bring Henry back as well? It'd make no sense. This means the Derrick Henry era is officially over in Tennessee.

Secondly, why did the Titans make this move? If they were going to sign a running back, why not just re-sign Henry?

Titans sign Tony Pollard, which means good-bye Derrick Henry

Henry had spent the entirety of his career in Tennessee to this point after the Titans drafted him out of Alabama in the second round of the 2016 NFL Draft. Henry was named to four Pro Bowls and was All-Pro once. He was the Offensive Player of the Year in 2020 after rushing for over 2,000 yards that season.

With Henry now out and Pollard now in, the Titans are obviously planning on using Pollard as the main back and keeping Tyjae Spears as the backup. Spears was a rookie last year and rushed for 453 yards and two touchdowns but he also made a huge impact as a pass-catcher with 385 receiving yards and a receiving touchdown as well.

As for Pollard, he rushed for 1,005 yards and six touchdowns in 2023 and had over 300 yards receiving. He's not a bad player but this is a puzzling move to s