Ravens Would Be the Perfect Landing Spot for Derrick Henry if He’s Up for Trade
There’s been speculation that three-time Pro Bowl running back Derrick Henry might be available for trade. With the trade deadline approaching, could the Ravens be a potential destination for the Tennessee Titans star?
This possibility is exciting and gaining traction among fans and analysts alike.
“It would be an incredible storyline if Henry, who has been a rival to the Ravens, ended up joining the team for their playoff push,” writes Jeff Zrebiec of The Athletic. “Team officials have downplayed the need for an established No. 1 running back, but the idea of Henry lining up alongside Lamar Jackson is undoubtedly intriguing for the Ravens and worrisome for their opponents. Henry is set to become a free agent soon and still has a significant amount of money left on his 2023 contract, but the Ravens could make it work if they’re determined.”
Tyler Sullivan of CBS Sports has encouraged the Ravens to pursue Henry.
“The Ravens would be the perfect landing spot for Henry as they have longed for a running back of his caliber to complement Lamar Jackson’s exceptional rushing ability,” Sullivan writes. “Not only would this take some pressure off Jackson, but it would also create arguably the most dynamic QB-RB duo in the league.”
Alex Kay of Bleacher Report has proposed a trade scenario where the Ravens would send wide receiver Devin Duvernay, a 2024 second-round pick, and a 2024 fifth-round pick to the Titans in exchange for Henry.
“The Ravens currently have just under $7 million available in cap space, making a trade feasibly affordable — especially if they include someone like wide receiver/return man Devin Duvernay with his expiring $4.3 million contract,” Kay suggests. “While acquiring Henry would limit Baltimore’s financial flexibility after working out all the details, there isn’t another player available who could have such a significant positive impact on their roster.”
At 29 years old, Henry has already amassed 425 rushing yards and three touchdowns in six games this season, putting him on pace for his fifth 1,000-yard season in six years. In 2021, he managed to run for 937 yards in just eight games before sustaining a foot injury.
The Ravens currently rank third in the league in rushing, with Lamar Jackson leading the charge with 363 yards and five touchdowns. Gus Edwards (346 yards, two touchdowns) and Justice Hill (196 yards, three touchdowns) have filled in at the running back position since J.K. Dobbins suffered a season-ending injury in Week 1.
The team’s undrafted rookie Keaton Mitchell recently suffered a hamstring injury against the Lions and may be out for some time. Veteran Melvin Gordon III is on the practice squad and would need to be added to the active roster in order to see more game action with the Ravens.
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