2020 NFL Free Agency: Early predictions for top 25 players

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21. TE Hunter Henry, Los Angeles Chargers

2019 Salary: $2,030,100

Where he will sign: New England Patriots

I wouldn’t be surprised if the Los Angeles Chargers brought back Hunter Henry. The young tight end has shown plenty of promise during his first few seasons in the NFL, but injuries have hindered his progress. Either way, re-signing him does carry significant risk.

If Henry’s asking price is too high for the team’s tastes, I could also see them opting to let him test the market. And with so many clubs out there in need of quality tight end play, Henry would likely be scooped up in a hurry. One team that makes plenty of sense is the New England Patriots.

Since Rob Gronkowski’s departure, the tight end position hasn’t been great for the Patriots. Sure, Benjamin Watson has held his own this season and they’ve got a couple of other quality options further down the depth chart. With that said, it would be beneficial if they found a more explosive option moving forward.

Henry is athletic, has reliable hands and goes a great job of creating yards after the catch. No matter who’s under center for New England in 2019 (more on that later), an upgrade at tight end would give the offense a sizable boost. Henry fits the bill, and shouldn’t break the bank considering his history of injuries.