Derrick Henry Gets His Deserved New Deal, Avoids Franchise Tag

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The Tennessee Titans and star running back Derrick Henry have reached an agreement on a four-year, $50 million contract. Henry is guaranteed $25.5 million. Though the NFL’s leading rusher was franchise tagged earlier in the offseason, the two sides got a deal done just before the July 15th deadline.

Henry’s contract, which averages $12.5 million per year, makes him the NFL’s fifth-highest-paid running back. Last season, the former Heisman Trophy Winner became the first player ever to rush for 180 or more yards in three consecutive games. Then he almost single-handedly carried the Titans past the New England Patriots and Baltimore Ravens in the 2019 NFL playoffs. 

This is a great deal for both parties. Henry gets a well deserved deal, while the Titans keep their best offensive weapon in Tennessee through the prime of his career.  Combined with their four year deal with quarterback Ryan Tannehill, the team has set itself up for the foreseeable future.

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