Titans Franchise Tag Henry
Derrick Henry will be back with the Tennessee Titans for the 2020 season. Drafted by the Titans in the second round in 2016, Henry had his best season of his career last year. Due to his successful campaign in a contract year, the Titans have decided to use the franchise tag on Henry to keep him in Nashville for the 2020 season. Overthecap.com projects the franchise tag value for runningbacks this coming season to be worth $12.36 million.
Henry's salary will be fully guaranteed in 2020 under the franchise tag but he won't enjoy the long-term security of a multi-year contract. Henry led the NFL in rushing in 2019, tallying 1,540 yards. He tied for the league lead in rushing touchdowns last season also with 16. He carried the Titans to the AFC Championship round of the playoffs after road victories over the Patriots and the Ravens.
Henry's rookie deal was worth $5.4 million and expired after the 2019 season so he is set to make nearly triple his career earnings in 2020. The Titans were likely forced to use the franchise tag on Henry because they chose to re-sign quarterback Ryan Tannehill to a four-year deal worth $118 million, with $62 million in guaranteed.
Henry made his first Pro Bowl in 2019, and was named to the Second-team All Pro team i 2019. Henry won the 2015 National Championship, Heisman Trophy, Maxwell Award, Doak Walker Award, Walter Camp Award and SEC Offensive Player of the Year at the University of Alabama. He was Florida's Mr. Football in 2012 as a senior in high school.