Titans Sign Tony Pollard to Replace Derrick Henry

Tennessee Titans sign Tony Pollard to replace Derrick Henry

The Tennessee Titans are set to add a new dimension to their backfield, as they have reportedly agreed to a three-year, $24 million deal with Tony Pollard, according to a source familiar with the negotiations. The agreement, which cannot be finalized until the NFL’s new league year begins on Wednesday, will see Pollard step into the role vacated by four-time Pro Bowl running back Derrick Henry.

Last season, the Titans drafted Tyjae Spears as a backup to Henry, who is now poised to enter free agency for the first time in his eight-year career. Pollard, a fourth-round pick by the Dallas Cowboys in 2019, has impressed with back-to-back 1,000-yard rushing seasons and was franchise-tagged by the Cowboys for the 2023 season.

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Despite rushing for over 1,000 yards and adding significant value in the passing game with 55 receptions for 311 yards last season, the Cowboys opted not to tag Pollard for a second consecutive year. Pollard’s career stats include 3,621 rushing yards on 762 carries, averaging 4.8 yards per rush, along with 176 receptions for 1,319 yards and five touchdowns.

Meanwhile, Henry, who turned 30 in January, leaves the Titans after a highly productive tenure, ranking second in rushing yards in 2023 behind the 49ers’ Christian McCaffrey. Henry’s legacy includes leading the NFL in carries with 280 and being one of only eight players to rush for over 2,000 yards in a season. He is also tied for 13th in NFL history with 90 rushing touchdowns and is just 508 yards away from Eddie George’s franchise rushing record of 10,009 yards.

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