The Tennessee Titans are reportedly ready to move on from star running back Derrick Henry. According to Michael Silver of BallySports.com, the Titans have been shopping Henry at the NFL Scouting Combine and told teams that they are ready to listen to offers.
While Henry has been a franchise cornerstone for the Titans, it isn’t such a surprise that he could be at the exit door. Tennessee’s recent moves, which included cutting ties with a number of veterans, signaled the franchise is at least considering some form of rebuilding. Trading Henry while he still holds value could get them back assets that could help the process.
It is unclear what kind of market Henry might have. There are rumors that the 29-year-old is looking for a new contract, with that being part of the Titans’ motivation to trade him. He is slated to earn $10.5 million in salary in 2023 but doesn’t have any guaranteed money left on his contract. The team that acquires him would likely have to give him an improved deal as part of the package.
Derrick Henry has arguably been the best running back in the league in recent years. He had his best season in 2020 when he rushed for 2,027 yards and 17 touchdowns en route to the AP NFL Offensive Player of the Year award.
Henry missed eight games in 2021 due to a Lisfranc injury but bounced back last season to rush for 1,538 yards and earn third career Pro Bowl nod.