Insider sounds off on Derrick Henry trade rumors

The Titans are NOT shopping Derrick Henry.
Derrick Henry Jan 7, 2023; Jacksonville, Florida, USA; Tennessee Titans running back Derrick Henry (22) runs the ball as Jacksonville Jaguars cornerback Darious Williams (31) defends during the first quarter at TIAA Bank Field. Mandatory Credit: Douglas DeFelice-USA TODAY Sports

While there was a report surfacing on Monday that the Tennesee Titans were shopping All-Pro running back Derrick Henry at the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis last week, a report from CBS Sports seemed to pour some cold water on that idea. According to the platform’s lead NFL insider, Jonathan Jones, sources have told him that the Titans are not currently shopping Henry.

Here’s what Jones had to say about the reported trade rumors:

I know there’s talk that the Titans are shopping running back Derrick Henry but my sources tell me they are not. I had been told general manager Ran Carthon would be “methodical” in his approach to free agency and changes to the team. The releases of tackle Taylor Lewan and receiver Robert Woods weren’t surprising, and cutting loose edge rusher Bud Dupree also makes sense. I don’t believe the Titans see any tangible free-agent upgrade at quarterback over Ryan Tannehill, and taking away the most essential part of the offense in Henry would indicate Tennessee is tanking more than anything. The Titans can very much contend in the AFC South, and they’ll have to do that with Henry.

Under the team’s new general manager Ran Carthon, the Titans have already parted ways with several veteran players and are reportedly expected to part ways with a former big-ticket free-agent pass rusher in Bud Dupree. Trading Henry for a package of draft picks would make sense if Tennessee was heading towards a total rebuild, but based on Jones’ reporting, the Titans are still a team that can arguably still contend for an AFC South title. They won’t be able to do that without Henry, though.

We’ll have to see what the Titans ultimately decide on Henry’s future, but right now it appears that he isn’t going anywhere.

[CBS Sports]

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