Tennessee Titans running back Derrick Henry became one of the biggest names floated in NFL trade rumors this offseason. Entering a contract year on a rebuilding team, many have believed the Titans reshuffling their roster would lead to the All-Pro back being traded.
Tennessee has made a number of moves this offseason that signal a changing of the guard. Under first-year general manager Ran Carthon, the Titans parted ways with David Long Jr., Taylor Lewan, Ben Jones and Robert Woods.
- Derrick Henry stats (career): 8,335 rushing yards, 78 rushing touchdowns
Trading Henry would seemingly be the next step in a complete teardown. The 29-year-old is still an elite running back, but his workload over the years diminishes his long-term value. For a rebuilding team, it would make sense to shop Henry around the league for draft picks.
However, Carthon made it clear this week to reporters that Tennessee isn’t actively shopping its star running back and the two sides are happy where they are at.
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“There’s nothing new to report. It was an erroneous report that came out. I’ve spoken to Todd, Derrick’s representative, we’re in a good place. Nothing new to report from that.”Tennessee Titans general manager Ran Carthon on Derrick Henry trade rumors
Even if the Titans wanted to trade Henry, there likely wouldn’t be a strong market for suitors. The 2023 NFL Draft class is strong at running back, with the affordable talent available at a far cheaper cost. NFL free agency also demonstrated that teams aren’t interested in paying top dollar for a running back.
- Derrick Henry contract: $16.367 million contract
Ultimately, Henry will likely play out the 2023 season with the Titans and serve as the workhorse of their offense. Poised to hit the open market in 2024, Henry will be 30 years old with more than 2,000 career touches in the regular season alone when he hits free agency.
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