Could we see Derrick Henry on the move?
Just when we thought the trade rumors were at an end, a new one arrived to entertain us for a minute or two.
Brad Gagnon of Bleacher Report recently explained why the Tennessee Titans “should be determined” to trade star running back Derrick Henry this offseason. The writer referred to Henry as a “legendary player” but pointed at his age and the team’s standing in the AFC as reasons to make a move.
Gagnon is pointing to three teams to pull off this deal.
He started with the Baltimore Ravens:
“They have three decent backs in J.K. Dobbins, Gus Edwards, and Justice Hill, but none are game-changers like Henry, and Dobbins and Edwards have had have some trouble remaining on the field. If they’re going all-in with Lamar Jackson, this would be the move.”
Gagnon did not go far for his next team as he stayed in the same division and argued for the Cincinnati Bengals. This would be a deadly combination for a team that has gone to the Super Bowl and two AFC Championship games in the past two years.
“After June 1, the Super Bowl-or-bust Bengals save $10 million in salary-cap space by releasing veteran Joe Mixon. A one-for-one replacement with Henry would make a lot of sense as they bridge the gap to rookie fifth-round pick Chase Brown and/or 2019 sixth-rounder Trayveon Williams.”
“This would be one way to make Aaron Rodgers happy, and this was a bottom-eight rushing game in terms of DVOA in 2022 that could use an upgrade over Breece Hall (who is coming off a torn ACL) and Michael Carter (who averaged just 3.5 yards per carry last year).”
Henry is 29 years old and has one year left on his $50 million contract, which runs through 2023. This season, he will earn a base salary of $10.5 million. With 1,750 career carries, the former Alabama product has plenty of tread on the tires and shows no signs of slowing down.
Henry has run for 6,042 yards and scored 58 touchdowns in the last four seasons.
Henry has earned an Offensive Player of the Year award, twice led the league in rushing, and has appeared in three Pro Bowls.
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