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Derrick Henry is running his way to huge contract

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1/14/2020 7:42:02 AM
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Derrick Henry’s 195 rushing yards in Saturday night’s 28-12 divisional-round upset of the Baltimore Ravens made three games in a row in which Henry has reached at least 180 yards.

No player since the NFL's 1970 merger had done that – ever.

That includes a lot of legendary running backs who’ll be remembered for feats less impressive than the postseason Henry is enjoying. The past two weeks, Henry has done this on the road in the playoffs against the Patriots and Ravens, two of the best defenses in the NFL this season, with his own quarterback throwing for fewer than 100 yards each time.

Henry is on the final year of his contract with the Titans, and his performance this season ensures that he’s about to make a lot of money somewhere, Gentry Estes of the Tennessean reports.. NFL teams are often reluctant to sign running backs to huge, long-term deals. It can be unwise to invest that much cap space in a position with a limited shelf life because of the punishment.

If ever there was a no-brainer, it would be to give the 26-year-old Henry whatever he wants and keep him in Nashville.

You do wonder, though, because why did it take the Titans so long to do what they’re doing? Henry has been on the team for four years, and other than a glimpse to end last season, the Titans for some reason have not leaned on him the way they are now.

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