Henry said last week on "The Rich Eisen Show" on Fox Sports Radio that Ezekiel Elliott's six-year, $90 million contract is "the floor" for what he'll be seeking this offseason. To be fair, Eisen asked a leading question and Henry merely agreed. There are a slew of teams with enough cap space to hand the 26-year-old a contract similar to Elliott's, but recent history mostly shows buyer's remorse with regard to long-term deals for running backs. Henry has one major advantage over Todd Gurley, Devonta Freeman and other positional counterparts: he averaged just 180 touches over his first three seasons before his count ballooned to 409 (including playoffs) in the final year of his rookie contract. Henry made it clear his preference is to stay with the Titans, though he presumably won't be thrilled if that happens via the franchise tag.
Henry carried the ball 19 times for 69 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 35-24 loss to the Chiefs in the AFC Championship Game. Henry worked fairly effectively in the first half, racking up 62 yards on the ground while finding the end zone. However, he was largely scripted out of the second half gameplan as the Titans fell behind, receiving only three carries in the final two quarters. It was a disappointing conclusion to a tremendous postseason for Henry, who surpassed 200 total yards in the team's two victories. Now, Henry will turn his focus to inking a new contract as he enters the free-agent market for the first time in his career.
Henry rushed 30 times for 195 yards, threw a three-yard touchdown pass, and brought in both his targets for seven yards in the Titans' 28-12 divisional-round win over the Ravens on Saturday. The final rushing numbers encapsulate how dominant Henry was against yet another elite defensive unit, while his unlikely touchdown pass was a perfect combination of precisely timed playcalling by offensive coordinator Arthur Smith and flawless execution by Henry on a jump pass to Corey Davis. Henry now has at least 30 carries in three consecutive contests dating back to Week 17, a span during which he's accumulated a jaw-dropping 588 rushing yards and four scores on the ground in addition to the one through the air Saturday. Henry still appears fresh despite the heavy usage, which doesn't bode well for either the Texans or the Chiefs in next Sunday's AFC Championship Game.
Henry carried the ball 34 times for 182 yards and a touchdown in the team's wild-card round win over New England. He added one reception for 22 yards. Henry was the dominant force behind the Titans' upset win, accounting for 204 total yards. He had a number of long rushes, but was particularly dominant on the team's final drive before halftime, ripping off runs of 29, 11 and nine yards while also recording his lone reception. He capped off that drive with a one-yard touchdown plunge to give the Titans a lead that they would never relinquish. Henry will look to continue his impressive form at Baltimore in the second round of the playoffs.
Henry recorded 32 carries for 211 yards and three touchdowns in the team's Week 17 win over the Texans. Henry concluded the regular season with a monstrous performance, surpassing 200 yards for the first time this season while also finding the end zone from three, one and 53 yards away. All told, he closed the campaign with 1,540 yards on the ground, good enough to win the NFL rushing title. Though his focus will be on the Titans' first round playoff matchup against New England, Henry will also be in line for a big payday this offseason as he is set to become a free agent. No matter where he lands, Henry has proven to be a workhorse back and should continue to see plenty of touches in 2020 and beyond.
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