The Dallas Cowboys were rumored to be interested in Tennessee Titans running back Derrick Henry back at the trade deadline, but nothing came to fruition.
Now, the Cowboys will be able to sign him as a free agent, and apparently, there is mutual interest between the two sides, according to ML Football.
Henry has spent the first eight years of his NFL career with the Titans. He is coming off of a 2023 campaign in which he played every game and rushed for 1,167 yards and 12 touchdowns while averaging 4.2 yards per carry. He added 28 catches for 214 yards.
The 30-year-old, who played his collegiate football at the University of Alabama, was selected by Tennessee in the second round of the 2016 NFL Draft.
His first couple of seasons were relatively uneventful, but Henry then registered his first 1,000-yard campaign in his third year, finishing with 1,059 yards and 12 scores, recording 4.9 yards per attempt.
Henry then truly broke out over the next two campaigns, leading the league in rushing yards and rushing touchdowns in back-to-back seasons. He topped out at 2,027 yards and 17 scores in 2020, logging a robust 5.4 yards per tote.
An injury-plagued 2021 limited him to just eight games, but he still managed to total 937 yards and 10 touchdowns in just half a season. He bounced back with 1,538 yards while reaching the end zone 13 times as a rusher in 2022.
It seems pretty clear that Henry is beginning to decline, as his efficiency has dipped, and his significant usage (he has paced the NFL in carries four of the last five years) has surely taken something out of his legs.
That being said, the Cowboys, whose backfield struggled this season, could certainly use Henry in their running back corps.
We’ll see if Dallas can bring in Derrick Henry in free agency this spring.