Derrick Henry’s Future in Tennessee – What lies Ahead for the NFL Running Back
Titans running back Derrick Henry has had an impressive career since joining the team in 2016 as a second-round pick. He has surpassed the 1,000-yard mark in five of his eight seasons and even achieved the milestone of running for more than 2,000 yards in a season, becoming the eighth player in NFL history to do so. Despite his accomplishments, it seems that Henry’s time in Nashville is coming to an end.
In a heartfelt message, Henry expressed his gratitude for the past eight years with the team, hinting at a departure from the Titans. Speculations about Henry’s future have been circulating throughout the season, with talks of potential trade deals, which did not materialize by the trade deadline.
At the age of 30, Henry is now part of a demographic of running backs often seen as past their prime by NFL franchises. While he still shows potential, there is a general expectation of a decline in production and compensation for running backs over 30 years old. Despite rushing for over 1,500 yards in 2022, Henry’s production decreased this season due to a reduction in attempts, seemingly driven by the Titans.
With the Titans seemingly ready to move on from Henry, it is likely that he will find a new team for the next season. The Dallas Cowboys have been suggested as a potential landing spot for Henry, given their need for a strong running back to complement their passing game.
While Henry’s future with the Titans seems uncertain, he is poised to bring value to a new team at a lower cost, making him an attractive prospect for many franchises.