Most Likely Free Agent Destinations for Derrick Henry
By Max Staley
Derrick Henry was the engine that made the Tennessee Titans' offense run in 2019. His 1,540 yards on the ground helped him secure the NFL rushing title, despite playing in just 15 games.
His future with the Titans' is up in the air, though, as Henry will be an unrestricted free agent this offseason. Coming off one of the greatest postseason performances by a running back in NFL history, you have to think there will be plenty of competition for Henry's services.
With that in mind, here are three of the most likely destinations for Henry in free agency this offseason.
1. Buffalo Bills
The Buffalo Bills look like they want to play a ball-control offense, allowing their dominant defense (second-fewest points allowed in 2019) to control the game. There is perhaps no better way to double down on that strategy than by adding Henry in free agency. Creating a thunder-and-lightning duo with Henry and Devin Singletary could take this run game to the next level and make QB Josh Allen even more dangerous as a rusher. The Bills have the fourth-most available cap space in the NFL, giving them plenty of room to sign a player of Henry's caliber. Henry's hard-nosed style makes him a natural fit in Buffalo.
2. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are a far-better team than their reputation among fans would lead you to believe. The Bucs were one of only three teams to finish 2019 as a top-five scoring offense, and a top-five defense in Football Outsiders' DVOA metrics. The other two teams to accomplish this were the San Francisco 49ers and Baltimore Ravens, who both won at least 13 games in 2019. Jameis Winston, and his 30 interceptions, were the Achilles' heel of this team, but, assuming he re-signs, the most effective way to rein him in is by limiting his workload. Signing Henry would do just that. Notably, Tampa Bay has the third-most available cap space, and a clear need at the position, as no Bucs' RB reached even 750 rushing yards in 2019.
3. Tennessee Titans
Despite all the interest he's sure to drum up around the league, it still feels like Henry re-signing with the Titans is the most likely outcome. After becoming the first RB in NFL history to have three straight games with at least 30 carries and 180 rushing yards (two of which came in the playoffs), you have to think Tennessee is looking to reward its bell-cow back. While paying running backs like top-tier starters has been a risky proposition lately, Henry is going to cash in somewhere this offseason. It might as well be in Tennessee.
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