We may need to come to grips with the fact that Derrick Henry’s time with the Tennessee Titans may be nearing its close.
Henry did not reach a long-term agreement with the Titans ahead of this season, which does not come as much of a surprise given that the star running back is 29 years old and that Tennessee does not project to be a legitimate contender this year.
It should be noted that the Titans are 1-1 after a big overtime win over the Los Angeles Chargers in Week 2, and in the putrid AFC South, they could possibly push for a division title.
However, the Titans do not figure in the Super Bowl conversation at all right now, and if things end up going south for Tennessee between now and the Oct. 31 NFL trade deadline, trading Henry—who will be a free agent in the spring—makes plenty of sense.
Should the Titans opt to move Henry, the Minnesota Vikings could be one of the first teams in line.
The Vikings moved on from Dalvin Cook this past offseason, so they could definitely use a stable presence in their backfield.
Minnesota could put together an interesting package for Henry that includes a 2024 first-round draft pick and a conditional third-rounder based on factors such as team success with Henry and how much he actually plays.
Henry has led the NFL in carries three of the past four seasons, and the only season in which he didn’t pace the league in that category was 2021 where he missed nine games due to injury.
For that reason, how much gas Derrick Henry actually has left in the tank is certainly up for debate, and over the first two weeks of 2023, he is averaging just 3.6 yards per carry.
Still, the University of Alabama product racked up 1,538 yards as recently as last season, so it’s safe to assume that he would bolster a Vikings rushing attack that currently ranks last in the NFL.