Two news are coming from the NFL. The first is that Derrick Henry signed a franchise tender with the Titans, and the other is that Devin Funchess signed with the Green Bay Packers.
Henry Staying With the Titans
After signing Ryan Tannehill, the franchise from Nashville solved the status of Derrick Henry, but probably not as many of its fans hoped for. The strong running back inked a one-year franchise tender worth $10.3 million.
It is far from what the Titans’ supporters expected, but their franchise will still have time to negotiate a long-term deal. The deadline for that is until July 15, and the way it seems, the franchise has a serious intention to keep one of the best players in the entire NFL during the last campaign.
“He’s an important part of our football team. I’ve spoken to his representatives after we’ve used the tag. And we want to continue to have those discussions and back-and-forths in hopes of reaching some kind of long-term agreement,” said the Titans’ GM Jon Robinson.
The 26-year old RB posted 5.1 yards per carry last season and had the most carries in the league. He would also end the campaign as the NFL rushing yards leader with 1,540 and had 16 rushing TD, tying the first place in that category. His fantastic postseason performances were historic, becoming the first player who had 175+ yards in consecutive games. In three playoff events, Titans played Henry had 446 yards in 83 carries and even had one TD pass.
Just to remind you that Tennessee eliminated the New England Patriots, who were the reigning champions at the time. After that, Henry and the Titans beat the Baltimore Ravens, who were the top candidate for the title, led by the MVP, Lamar Jackson. Eventually, Mike Vrabel’s guys suffered a defeat in the AFC Championship game against the latter Super Bowl winners, the Kansas City Chiefs.
Packers Land Funchess
The 25-year old wide receiver will try to revive his career alongside Aaron Rodgers and reach his full potential. And according to many of the experts, Funchess was expected to explode after 2017 once he recorded 840 receiving yards and 63 catches, with 8 touchdowns.
He was excellent in pair with Cam Newton, but once Super Cam’s issues with injuries started, Funchess’ productivity dropped. He spent the last season in Indianapolis with the Colts, but appeared in just one game, due to a collarbone injury. It was a season opener against the Rams, and unfortunately for the player, he didn’t return until the end of the season.
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According to the sources, this one-year deal, will be worth $2.5 million. It is a win-win situation for both sides. The Pack will no doubt get a reliable weapon and a good target for Rodgers. After Geronimo Allison left from Detroit, Funchess is a perfect replacement.
Apart from that, his size allowed him to play tight end during the college, and all the scouts are suggesting that he might have a diversified impact on the Packs’ offense. Green Bay is willing to give Funchess a shot, especially because many believe that Newton’s injuries hurt the receiver’s figures.
The 41st pick from the 2015 draft, will no doubt have the best possible passer behind himself in GB, and an excellent opportunity to turn the spotlight towards him.
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