One could argue this is the most important free agent hitting the market this spring. What are the Tennessee Titans going to do about the face of their franchise running back Derrick Henry? He has had a phenomenal last two seasons, but it’s never a great idea to pay a running back big money on a second contract. Yet, Henry feels different, like Adrian Peterson and Frank Gore different.
If the Titans were to use the franchise tag on Henry, it would cost them roughly $10.4 million. While Henry will want a multi-year deal, he is worth getting paid at least eight figures on a one-year deal in his fifth season out of Alabama. He will only be 26 years old in 2020. Slapping him with the tag seems like a good move for the Titans to make financially, but will it happen?
Henry has hit his prime and has presumably three more elite years left in the tank. Obviously, Tennessee will want all three of those years to be in Titans uniform and not playing for another team, let alone a division rival like the Houston Texans, who could certainly use a running back as a part of their offseason plans.
Ultimately, Henry will get paid and he will get paid handsomely in his impending free agency. One would think the Titans will be willing to pay him top-dollar to keep him. Then again, they have a better feel for much tread is still left on his tires entering year five in the league. This is without question the biggest decision the Titans will have had to make in years. Will they get it right?