Titans reportedly set to retain potential HOF Derrick Henry as NFL trade deadline nears

Derrick Henry, the University of Alabama’s Heisman Trophy winner, found a solid spot in the NFL in 2016 under the wings of the Tennessee Titans and the team, in return, found a strong weapon for their offense. Even by metrics that are arguably made up, the running back never fell short of satisfying his team with his running speed, athletic prowess, and game-changing technique.

Meanwhile, the Pro Bowler has already reached the verge of his contract with the Titans. As speculators are rushing to find out the next destination for Henry, the Titans team let them know their mindset regarding their vet player.

Derrick Henry expected to stay put

The Titans recently made a bold move with their two-time Pro Bowl safety Kevin Byard, trading him to the Philadelphia Eagles to acquire another safety, Terrell Edmunds, and two draft picks. The astonishing move somehow led the Titans fans to assume the end of the Titans’ career, according to Derrick Henry.

Amid these situations, the Titans assured their running back this week that they are not going to untie the knot with him, as per NFL.com This decision has secured Derrick’s job in Tennessee, at least for this season. He once expressed his frustration for the value of his position.

Derrick Henry
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The NFL’s 2020 Offensive Player of the Year is set to be a free agent after this season. According to NFL.com, the Dallas Cowboys were the team to be rumored regarding the player’s trade. Yet, the Cowboys’ interest in him never heated headlines. 

Nevertheless, though the Tennessee team is seemingly positive about Derrick Henry, their ultimate decision on him will be known by 4 p.m. Monday. It is 24 hours ahead of the NFL’s trade deadline.

Henry’s run with the Titans put him firmly in HOF discussion

Since winding up his college career to play for the Titans, Derrick Henry has established his fame as one of the best and dominant running backs in the league. His extraordinary prowess, bolstered with physical stamina, assisted him to end up being the 16th NFL player to reach 70 total touchdowns and 7,000 rushing yards throughout his first seven NFL seasons.

His accolade-filled resume already put him forward in the run-HOF discussion. The 30-year-old topped the NFL from 2017 to 2022 in rushing yards (7,845) and rushing touchdowns (73), along with rushing attempts of 10-plus yards (197).

Derrick Henry
Sports Illustrated

By the virtue of his 13 rushing touchdowns in 2022, he entered the elite group of being the only players to record at least 10 touchdowns in five consecutive seasons. The milestone saw him write down his name beside LaDainian Tomlinson, Adrian Peterson, Shaun Alexander, and Michael Turner.

He saw his best career during 2019–20 when he launched a streak of 20 consecutive games in the regular season and playoffs with at least 18 rushing attempts. The player himself admitted that behind his achievement, a mention on the HOF list played a vital role.

“I want to be the greatest ever to play my position. One of the best to ever play the game, hopefully, a Hall of Famer,” he said.

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