Derrick Henry might have helped the Titans seal the deal with Clowney.
Yesterday, Jon Robinson and Derrick Henry shocked the NFL by agreeing to an extension right at the buzzer. Time was ticking for the Titans star running back to get a deal done. Otherwise, he would have been playing on a franchise tender in 2020 that would have been worth $10.278 million. After the deal was done, I mentioned that both sides came out of negotiations as winners. There might have been more than meets the eye with Henry’s contract, though. Derrick Henry might have helped the Titans free up enough money to seal the deal with Jadeveon Clowney.
It’s no secret that the Titans have been eyeing Clowney this offseason.
GM Jon Robinson just now to ESPN’s Dianna Russini on NFL Live in regards to free agent pass rusher Jadeveon Clowney:#Titans still “monitoring the situation” & “may or may not” have had contact with Clowney’s representation within “the last week.” 👀#TitanUp #Texans #Seahawks
— Joe Nocco (@JoeNocco) July 16, 2020
This morning, Jon Robinson hinted that the Titans might have been in contact with Clowney recently.
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How much cap space did Henry’s deal clear up?
Henry’s deal brought his cap hit for 2020 down from $10.278 million to only $6 million, saving a whopping $4 million in cap space for next season. According to Over the Cap, the Titans now have $23.645 million to work with for 2020.
Derrick Henry stated earlier today that he “thought the deal made sense. If it provides room for the Titans to bring more players to help the team, I’m all for it,” Henry said.
Derrick Henry deserves every penny that he is going to be paid by the Tennessee Titans. The deal seems great for him, and I’m glad the team was able to reward him for all the amazing things he has done so far in his career. He allowed the deal to be structured in a way that the Titans could make a play for free agents before the season. After seeing the cleared cap space, Clowney to the Titans seems like a real possibility. Not just real, but real good.
Don’t expect the team to stop at just Clowney, though. There are plenty of other guys out in free agency that could help the team. Derrick Henry just made it possible for the Titans to make some big moves during the remainder of the offseason.