Two Tennessee Titans contracts serve as a fantastic illustration of how significantly working backs have been devalued in the NFL about the final ten years.
On Wednesday, the Titans and Derrick Henry signed a four-calendar year, $50 million deal with $25.5 million assured.
In 2011, the Titans and Chris Johnson signed a four-year, $53.5 million contract with $30 million certain.
The NFL income cap is $198.2 million this year. It was $120 million in 2011.
The Titans gave Johnson his increase when he still experienced two several years remaining on his rookie deal and they could have compelled him to participate in it out. The Titans didn’t give Henry a new deal till he had performed out his rookie deal.
Henry is the identical age in 2020 as Johnson was in 2011. Henry is coming off a time in which he led the NFL in dashing Johnson experienced finished fourth in the NFL in speeding in 2010. But Johnson produced far more money at a time when the income cap was pretty much $80 million less.
In the time due to the fact Johnson signed that deal, jogging backs have routinely unsuccessful to stay up to rewarding contracts — which include Johnson, who was released by the Titans in 2014. The Titans are generating an financial investment in Henry in the hopes that he can buck the trend, but it is nowhere around as large an expense as they made in Johnson nine many years in the past.