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Derrick Henry agrees to deal with Ravens

Iconic running back ends his eight-year stint in Tennessee as a franchise legend

Derrick Henry addressed Titans fans after his final game with the team in January. Henry agreed to a reported two-year deal with the Baltimore Ravens on Tuesday. ANGIE FLATT

Derrick Henry’s time with the Titans is officially over, though his legacy with the franchise will live on.

Henry, the second-leading rusher in franchise history, has agreed to a deal with the Baltimore Ravens, confirming the news with a post on Twitter (X). Adam Schefter of ESPN reported that the deal is two years for $16 million with $9 million of that guaranteed. The deal can’t be officially announced until Wednesday when the free agency period in the NFL opens.

The Titans’ change in philosophy with a new coaching staff that is implementing a pass-oriented offense around quarterback Will Levis was the writing on the wall that Henry’s time in Tennessee was done after eight seasons. That tenure included rushing for more than 2,000 yards in 2020 and winning NFL Offensive Player of the Year that year.

In Baltimore, Henry will join a backfield that features running quarterback Lamar Jackson, the reigning NFL Most Valuable Player, and it also satisfies his desire to play for an immediate Super Bowl contender. The Ravens were the No. 1 seed in the playoffs this year in the AFC, but were upset by the Kansas City Chiefs in the AFC Championship Game.

Henry had voiced a desire to win a Super Bowl after his final game in Tennessee, one where he led the Titans to a win over Jacksonville, and then said his goodbyes to the fans before leaving the field. In his postgame press conference, Henry was a bit nostalgic and reflective of his successful run with the Titans, another sign that he knew an era of his career was ending. Another factor that came into play was the firing of Coach Mike Vrabel and his staff a couple of days later, and the hiring of Brian Callahan to begin a major rebuilding process with the Titans.

The Titans, though publicly saying that would leave the door open for Henry, officially closed it Monday when they reached a three-year, $24 million deal with former Dallas Cowboys dual threat running back Tony Pollard to pair with second-year pro Tyjae Spears.

Henry, a second-round pick from the University of Alabama in 2016, leaves Tennessee as one of the most beloved players in the franchise’s tenure in the Volunteer State, alongside the likes of Steve McNair, Eddie George and Frank Wycheck.

Even this off-season after the end of the regular season, there were still devoted Titans fans who pined for the team to keep Henry around, despite the fact that the offensive system is undergoing a drastic overhaul that would have almost certainly limited Henry’s touches and snaps.

In his time in Tennessee, Henry was Titans royalty, as he rushed for 9,502 yards in his eight seasons with the Titans, just 507 yards shy of George’s franchise record. He also rushed for 90 touchdowns as a Titan.

At 30, and coming off as season where he still rushed for 1,167 yards and 12 scores, Henry should have plenty left in the tank to bring to the Ravens, who were one of three teams reportedly on Henry’s radar along with Dallas and Houston.