2020 NFL Free Agency: Early predictions for top 25 players

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15. RB Derrick Henry, Tennessee Titans

2019 Salary: $1,720,706

Where he will sign: Tennessee Titans

I’m sorry, but there’s no way the Tennessee Titans let Derrick Henry walk. He’s been a catalyst for their offense, and was arguably the top running back during the second half of the 2019 campaign. Ryan Tannehill may have revitalized the Titans, but Henry kept things running smoothly.

Unfortunately, it’s not going to be cheap to keep him in Nashville. Although it may not be as costly as Le’Veon Bell was for the New York Jets a year ago, it’s still going to be a big investment for the Titans at a position that is scary to spend so much money on.

Either way, it’s a worthwhile expenditure for the Titans. Henry has quietly developed into one of the league’s most dangerous runners, putting together one big game after another on his way to another dominant season. There’s a reason Henry was a Heisman Trophy winner in college, even if he did fall to the second round of the 2016 NFL Draft.

Even if the franchise tag becomes necessary, the Titans will make sure that Henry doesn’t have a new team in 2020. He’s become a key cog in the Tennessee offense and figures to remain in that role for the foreseeable future. Sorry for any clubs hoping to land a star running back this offseason.