Hunter Henry and the Los Angeles Chargers had talks that neared a long-term extension earlier this offseason, but the two sides couldn't get a deal done prior to the franchise deadline and the club was forced to hit the veteran tight end with the tag. Despite not being able to put pen to paper on a longer deal, Henry doesn't seem too miffed at how things turned out.
The 25 year old has continued to take part in the club's offseason activities, so a holdout doesn't appear to be on the table. Henry is open to getting back to the negotiating table to try and hammer out an extension, but is also comfortable with the tag for 2020 if that ultimately ends up being the case.
"I think it's fine," Henry told SiriusXM NFL Radio. "Obviously, I think I would like to get something done. Just security, and long term and just with the team and the franchise. It's another year of playing football, man, that's how I look at it. Another year to play some ball. I think I just look forward to the challenge of whatever it is. I get to go out there and play football with guys that I've been doing it with a couple years with now. I get another chance to go out there and do it.
"Whatever the situation is, I'll be looking forward to going out with this squad. I'm really looking forward to this team, the potential and what we have going for us here in this 2020 season."
Henry was drafted by the Chargers in the second round of the 2016 NFL Draft out of Arkansas and has been one of the better tight ends in the league when healthy. In 12 games played in 2019, the 6-foot-5, 250 pounder hauled in 55 passes for 652 yards and five touchdowns.
If L.A. wants to secure Henry beyond the 2020 campaign, it has until July 15 to sign him to a multi-year extension. If that deadline comes and goes, Henry will be playing next season under the tag.