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Derrick Henry, Titans reach agreement on 4-year deal

The Titans waited until the 11th hour, but they’ve secured their rushing king.

Tennessee agreed to terms with running back Derrick Henry on a four-year deal worth $50 million right before Wednesday’s deadline, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported. The team later confirmed it reached a long-term agreement with the RB.

Henry signed his franchise tag tender less than a month after the Titans formally placed it on him before the start of free agency, but that one-year contract that was arranged to pay him $10.3 million will become moot upon signing the new, multi-year deal.

“I want to stay with the Tennessee Titans,” Henry said, via the team website. “They are the ones that took a chance on me – 31 teams passed on me on the draft and they selected me. I have a lot of love for Tennessee. I have a lot of love for everyone in that organization.

“And we have grown from the time I got there. (In 2016) we just missed the playoffs, (in 2017) we got into the playoffs and went into the second round. This year we went to the AFC Championship. We have grown as an organization and as a team and I think that speaks volume for the direction we’re headed.”

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Henry rumbled to the league’s rushing title in the final week of the 2019 season, capping a 1,540-yard, 16-touchdown campaign with a dominant 211-yard outing in a playoff-clinching Week 17 victory over Houston.

He proved his worth in the postseason, putting Tennessee’s offense on his back to help the Titans to two stunning playoff victories.

Henry rushed 64 times for 377 yards and one touchdown in Tennessee’s upset victory over New England and Baltimore before coming back to earth in an AFC Championship Game loss to Kansas City.

Henry’s 69-yard outing in the conference title game wasn’t his fault, but a result of a Titans offense trying to keep pace with the Chiefs’ explosive group and being forced to turn away from the run. It definitely wasn’t indicative of his value; without Henry, the Titans simply do not reach the doorstep of the Super Bowl.

As of July 2020, it is wise for the Titans to do what they must to keep Henry, the strongest part of their offense for almost the entirety of his career — even if it took Tennessee two years to realize it.

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Tim Jernigan says deal with Texans off, still free agent

The Houston Texans deal with veteran defensive tackle Timmy Jernigan, Jr. has actually fallen apart. 

According to a source, Jernigan is healthy but both sides have opted to move in different directions allowing the veteran to find a new team for 2020.

The team will continue to look for defensive line depth heading towards the regular campaign

Jernigan despite reports saying he struck a deal with the Texans was never placed on the roster on the team’s website. Cornerback Bradley Roby is still waiting for his deal to become official, his name is not with the team roster at this point either.

The Texans reached a verbal agreement with Jernigan on April 1st but could not close the deal due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Texans could not get Jernigan in for a physical due to travel controls and the NFL closing down the facilities to take a look at players. 

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The team acknowledged the signing of Jernigan during the off-season and head coach Bill O’Brien called the signing of the veteran defensive tackle, “a big get for us to be able to bring Timmy Jernigan onto our roster.”

The deal with Jernigan was a one-year deal worth $3.75 million with $1.25 million guaranteed according to his agent Bill Johnson.

Timmy Jernigan has been known as a run-stuffer since arriving at the league in 2014 with Baltimore. He has made his way in the NFL that way with Philadelphia but 2019 was littered with injuries. 

The Texans drafted defensive tackle Ross Blacklock in the second round of the 2020 NFL Draft out of TCU helping bring in much-needed youth to their defensive front. The Texans are expecting Blacklock to be part of their defensive line rotation during his rookie campaign. 

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