August 09, 2020

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Titans, Derrick Henry still open to extension as deadline looms

Titans, Derrick Henry still open to extension as deadline looms

The Tennessee Titans have just one week left to reach an agreement with running back Derrick Henry on a contract extension. Otherwise the star running back will be playing 2020 on the $10.278 million franchise tag the team placed on him back in the spring.

Henry won the rushing title in 2019 with 1,540 rushing yards and 16 touchdowns in leading the Titans offense to the AFC Championship Game last season. Henry also rushed for another 446 yards in the Titans’ three postseason games last year.

The Tennessee offense revolved in large part around the former Alabama star, who had six 100-yard rushing games in the 2019 regular season and added two more in the playoffs.

The Titans applied the franchise tag to Henry to essentially keep him out of free agency, and that move also set a July 15 negotiation deadline for the two sides to reach a deal or have the running back play on the franchise tender for the coming season. Henry has already signed the franchise tender, which means there will not be a holdout from his side in training camp despite the franchise tag.

Titans general manager Jon Robinson and Vin Marino, who is in charge of the team’s salary cap, have continued discussions with Henry’s representation at CAA.

Although no extension is on the verge of happening, there is the possibility that talks could accelerate in the final week with the deadline approaching. A move toward common ground is still possible as the sides are expected to continue discussions in an effort to put together an amenable deal for the former Heisman Trophy-winning running back.

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