He described the report that Henry was accessible by way of a commerce as “faulty.” However with the group releasing longtime beginning offensive linemen Taylor Lewan and Ben Jones, linebackers Zach Cunningham and Bud Dupree and large receiver Robert Woods, it definitely appeared the group was committing to a rebuild. Naturally, this fueled hypothesis about different excessive profile gamers on the roster. Henry’s standing as a 2024 free agent added gas to the fireplace.
Carthon put a pause on such hypothesis when he introduced he had no intention of buying and selling beginning QB Ryan Tannehill. The declaration that the group likes the place it’s with Henry means Tennessee isn’t absolutely dedicated to transferring on from a core that was adequate to safe the No. 1 seed within the AFC in 2021.
Tennessee jumped out to a 7-3 file by 10 video games final season however completed the 12 months on a seven-game dropping streak and missed the postseason for the primary time since 2018. It was the group’s first dropping season since 2015.
After spending the previous couple of seasons as the highest canine within the AFC South, a altering of the guard is going on. The Jaguars gained the division final 12 months and are led by former No. 1 general choose Trevor Lawrence. Per Oddschecker, Jacksonville (-145) is the favourite to win the division in 2023.
The Colts and Texans, in the meantime, have top-four choices on this 12 months’s draft and are each anticipated to pick a QB. If each picks pan out, the Titans may very well be gazing a tough stretch when Tannehill and Henry depart.
As nice as Henry is — he’s within the dialogue for the league’s finest operating again — he’s reaching the dreaded age when operating backs begin displaying indicators of decline. His bruising operating type would additionally counsel a brief shelf life however he gave no indication he’s near slowing down final season.
He turned 29 in January and is coming off certainly one of his finest seasons. He had 349 carries, 1,538 yards and 13 touchdowns in 2022, a 12 months after he fractured his foot and missed 9 video games.
Henry represents the Titans finest likelihood at returning to the postseason and Carthon gave a transparent indication he’ll get that chance, presumably for the final time.