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Author: Jon Kuzma
The Tennessee Titans got it wrong. They missed out on Tom Brady and chose to overpay for Ryan Tannehill. And they franchise tagged Derrick Henry who was the best running back in football last year. It’s easy to get caught up in the hype of what Tannehill was able to accomplish. He took the starting job away from Marcus Mariota and the Titans started winning games.
But Henry ran wild down the final stretch of the season and he was the main reason Tennessee went to the AFC Championship game. Nobody dominated week-in and week-out like Henry did. His downhill running style struck fear in his opponents. Once the third and fourth quarter rolled around it seemed like defenders didn’t want any part of tackling this guy. So when we see this emerging trend of not paying running backs. You can’t go that route with Henry because the best players on the field have to be rewarded for their efforts. To pay Tannehill $118M and then turn around and hand Henry a 1-year $10M contract is a slap in the face. It’s sets a bad precedent for the Titans and that’s due to the politics involved in this decision. The other guys in Tennessee’s locker room know Henry is a much better player than Tannehill. So by making such a miscalculated decision it’s going to hurt morale. Even if Tennessee’s front office plans to eventually pay Henry. He still should’ve been the first guy who got taken care of. Any other course of action is unacceptable.
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