The Facts: The Titans have less than a week to negotiate a long-term contract with Henry, or the NFL's rushing leader will be playing on the franchise tag in 2020. HC Mike Vrabel said Thursday that patience is key in getting any long-term solution. "Derrick signed his franchise tender, he's under contract," Vrabel said. "I know that (GM) Jon (Robinson) and (VP of football administration) Vin Marino have been in contact with his reps. Having been involved with the NFL for a lot of years, getting deals done is about being patient, hopefully keeping them private and confidential. So I'm going to try to respect that, and understand that we love Derrick and he understands how important he is to our football team. Again, his leadership that grew last year, I'm looking forward, I know our team is looking for more of that this year."
Diehards Line: Henry signed his $10.278 million franchise tag tender in April, meaning the running back won't be missing any training camp time. Robinson noted last month the team was working towards a multi-year deal, but with six days left to get one done, time is running short. The Titans offense revolved around Henry in 2019, as the bruising runner led the NFL with 1,540 rushing yards and 16 rushing touchdowns on 303 carries. He also added 446 yards and two TDs in three playoff games as Tennessee made a run to the AFC Championship Game.