Henry signed his franchise-tag tender Thursday, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports. Henry's decision to sign the tender hints at confidence in working out a multi-year contract before the July 15 deadline, though Titans general manager Jon Robinson suggested Wednesday that the two parties will wait until summer to hammer out details. Any concern about a holdout can probably be put to rest, as there's no advantage to signing the tender if Henry would consider missing games in the absence of a long-term deal. Players that opted for the holdout route in past seasons declined to sign their franchise tenders, thus avoiding any fines for missing practices and other team activities.
General manager Jon Robinson said Henry and the Titans will wait until summer to discuss a long-term contract, Paul Kuharsky of 104.5 The Zone Nashville reports. A previous report made it sound like negotiations were imminent, but it now appears the Titans will wait until after the draft and possibly longer. The team placed a franchise tag on Henry in mid-March, providing four months to discuss an extension before the July 15 deadline. If no deal is worked out by that time, Henry could decide to leave the tag unsigned and miss part or all of training camp without sacrificing any of his $10.3 million franchise-tag salary. Most players that choose the holdout path rejoin their teams before Week 1, but Le'Veon Bell in 2018 was a notable exception.
General manager John Robinson said Wednesday that he wants to sign Henry to a long-term contract, Jim Wyatt of the Titans' official site reports. The two sides have three and a half months remaining before the July 15 deadline for franchise-tagged players to sign extensions. Henry has made it clear he wants to stay in Tennessee, where his late-season 2018 breakout carried over to a massive campaign in 2019. Big contracts for running backs have mostly turned out disastrous in recent seasons, but Henry has the advantage of starting his pro career with lighter workloads in offenses that also featured DeMarco Murray in the backfield.
The Titans applied the non-exclusive franchise tag on Henry. As a result, the running back can receive offers from other teams, which the Titans would then have the opportunity to match. In a scenario in which Tennessee declines to match, the Titans would be due two first-round draft picks. With that in mind, both John Glennon of The Athletic and Jim Wyatt of the Titans' official site deem it unlikely that another team will extend Henry an offer.
The Titans have placed their franchise tag on Henry, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports. The team recently released change-of-pace back Dion Lewis, but the Titans have unsurprisingly decided to prioritize retaining the bruising Henry, who logged 303 carries for 1,540 yards and 16 TDs to go along with 18 catches for 206 yards and another two scores in 15 games last season. Henry is now slated to reprise his role as Tennessee's top back and will be taking handoffs from QB Ryan Tannehill, who the team has signed to a contract extension.
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|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|16||12/28||@Green Bay Packers||26||21.22|
|3 Year Avg||231||1114||11||15||147||1||195|