Report: Derrick Henry and Titans Agree on 4-Year, $50 Million Deal

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Titans fans, breathe easy. The NFL's leading rusher and touchdown scorer among running backs in 2019, the guy who rumbled for 896 yards and nine touchdowns in a six-game span to end the regular season, and the bruiser who shouldered the load in improbable playoff victories over the Patriots and Ravens, is back for more.

And, similarly to Christian McCaffrey, who signed a four-year, $64-million extension earlier this offseason to become the highest-paid running back in history, Henry is getting paid well for his services. The deal, however, is not on quite the same level.

Adam Schefter of ESPN details that the running back has signed a four-year, $50 million contract that includes $25.5 million in guaranteed money. Jay Glazer was the first to report that he heard a four-year deal was in place.

Initially, reports seemed to indicate that the two parties were not going to be able to reach a long-term deal before Wednesday's deadline.

This extension keeps the Titans offensive core intact. Earlier in the offseason, Tennessee also agreed to a four-year deal with quarterback Ryan Tannehill worth $118 million.

Henry was one of the running backs who was potentially bound to become a free agent after the 2020 season in what would have been a loaded classat the position, including Leonard Fournette, Dalvin Cook, Aaron Jones, Joe Mixon, Alvin Kamara and many more.

Henry's contract, in terms of his $12.5 million average annual value, slots in behind not only Christian McCaffrey and his $16.01 million AAV and Ezekiel Elliott and his $15 million AAV, but also Le'Veon Bell ($13.125 million AAV) and David Johnson ($13 million AAV) (via Spotrac). Some of these teams' owners are desperately hoping that the health and productivity of these star running backs hold up, while some, like the Jets so far with Bell, have experienced just how risky these deals can be.

Henry has been about as durable as you can ask for in his four-year career, missing only two regular season games and suiting up -- and delivering incredible performances -- in postseason action. With that said, he was also given a monumental workload in 2019-20, becoming just the fourth 300-carry running back in the past five seasons alongside Adrian Peterson, Le'Veon Bell and Elliott (three times). The 83 additional carries he received in the postseason far exceeds the workload of any other postseason running back over the past five years.

It's not hard to understand why the Titans handed him the football with that much frequency. It's hard to imagine any other running back in football doing what Henry was able to do for Tennessee down the stretch last year. And, with a four-year deal in place, you have to think that the team believes in Henry to keep producing at an extremely high level.

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