The Tennessee Titans continue to work on a new long-term contract with 2019 NFL Rushing Leader Derrick Henry, according to Sports Illustrated.
Henry has already had the Franchise Tag placed on him following the end of last season after the Titans failed to come up with an agreement with the running back earlier in the offseason.
The 2019 AFC Championship runners-up now have until 15 July to agree a long-term deal with the 26-year-old.
Should both parties fail to come to an agreement, Derrick Henry will earn about $10.2 million next season and could be tagged again at the end of it.
Tennessee Titans general manager Jon Robinson has now said that talks between the franchise and player remain positive, as reported by John Glennon of Sports Illustrated:
“We had a phone call last week and a phone call the week before that. We just kind of continue to work through things. The conversations have been positive between me and the reps there.
“Again, just trying to find some common ground. I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: Derrick is an important part of what we do. Just trying to find a spot where we all need to be and where we all want to be.”
Derrick Henry was of huge importance to the Titans’ offence in their surprise run to the AFC Championship game back in January.
The former Alabama Crimson Tide star led the 2019 NFL regular season in both carries (303) and rushing yards (1,540) before an incredible postseason.
In victories over the New England Patriots and Baltimore Ravens, and defeat to the Kansas City Chiefs, Henry accumulated an NFL record 446 yards on the ground and 2 Touchdowns, as well as throwing a 3-yard TD pass too.
Tennessee have already tied down quarterback Ryan Tannehill to a four-year extension this offseason, worth $118 million, of which $62 million is guaranteed.