Derrick Henry is heading into a contract year and that means he’s going to leave it all out on the field in 2019:

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Author: Jon Kuzma


Everyone knows that players who are entering a contract year play harder than ever because they’re hoping to cash in on those big numbers. One individual who finds himself in that situation is Tennessee Titans running back Derrick Henry. After splitting time early in his career with DeMarco Murray Henry finally elevated his play and cracked the 1,000 yards rushing mark for the first time as a professional athlete. A year ago the Titans might’ve considered letting Henry go after his contract ended but now they have to seriously think about bringing him back. Dion Lewis is the other ball carrier on their roster but he wasn’t nearly as productive. Lewis only had 2 total touchdowns and Henry had 12. So the gap between those two is pretty substantial and it would be a risky decision to hand over the reins to Lewis full-time. Really 2019 will be about how much money Henry can earn? If he puts together back-to-back 1,000 yard performances then his value will soar and he’ll probably earn over $10M dollars annually. However there’s serious consequences if Henry struggles in 2019 because everyone will say he only had one good season. Which would cut his earnings in half down to $5M or $6M per year and that just goes how much is riding on the line for the former Heisman Trophy winner. Based on what we’ve seen recently it feels like Henry’s stock is trending upward and odds are he’ll run wild for Mike Vrabel’s offense. There’s been a lot of questions about Marcus Mariota’s durability and Tennessee should lean on their rushing attack to keep Mariota safe. Clearly that’s one of their best options on the offensive side of the ball but it will be interesting to see if Jon Robinson opens up the checkbook and re-signs Henry next off-season? At the moment it seems likely to happen.

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