Derrick Henry Reacts To Titans Signing Tom Brady
Derrick Henry reacted to the Titans potentially signing Tom Brady this past week.
The Pro Bowl running back believes his squad can win with Ryan Tannehill as the franchise quarterback. He does not believe any sort of upgrade, no matter how big the name, is necessary.
Brady is set to become an unrestricted free agent in March. That means he can sign with any team he wants.
Obviously there is a chance he returns to the Patriots. However, over the past few months chatter regarding him leaving for greener pastures has grown louder and louder.
To date, Brady has been linked to the Los Angeles Chargers, Las Vegas Raiders, Miami Dolphins, Indianapolis Colts and, of course, Tennessee.
While appearing on teammate Taylor Lewan and former teammate Will Compton’s Bussin’ with the Boys podcast, Henry noted that while he had a lot of respect for Brady, Tannehill is the quarterback he is choosing to ride with.
“He [Brady] still can play,” he said.
“Obviously, age doesn’t matter for him, he’s still playing at a high level, but my question would be: Why ain’t Ryan good enough, you know?
“Speaking for everyone on the offense, we fed off of him. Ryan Tannehill is our quarterback and went to the AFC Championship, why would we not want Ryan back?”
This past season, Henry and Tannehill led the Titans to upset victories over the Patriots and Baltimore Ravens in the postseason.
Their Cinderella story ultimately came to an end in the AFC Championship Game against Patrick Mahomes and the Kansas City Chiefs.
Last season, Tannehill amassed 2,742 yards and 22 scores over the course of 12 outings – 10 of which were starts. He also completed 70 percent of his passes, showing that he can be extremely efficient when the situation calls for it.
While Brady is a future Hall of Famer and a six time Super Bowl champ, it is fair to wonder whether he is really worth messing up team chemistry for at this stage in the game.
Tannehill is 31 years old. He still has a reasonably long future ahead of him in the NFL. Brady is 42 years old. He has a couple of years left in the league – max.
If Tannehill really is as loved and respected inside the Tennessee locker room as Henry is suggesting, is two seasons of Brady really worth sacrificing a much younger quarterback for?
It will be interesting to see what happens in March when free agency officially commences.
Once Brady decides where he wants to go, be it New England, Tennessee or somewhere else – a lot of other dominoes will start dropping from that point on.