Los Angeles Chargers tight end Hunter Henry

Los Angeles Chargers use franchise tag on tight end Hunter Henry

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By Mike Brez March 13, 2020 0 Comment
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The Los Angeles Chargers elected to use the franchise tag on tight end, Hunter Henry, keeping him from hitting free agency next week.

With the NFL free agency around the corner, the Los Angeles Chargers used their franchise tag on tight end, Hunter Henry. The tag is expected to be worth $11 million in 2020. Henry has dealt with multiple injuries during his time with the Chargers. Over the last four years, he has not played a full 16 game season. The veteran tight end also has the highest potential of tight ends expected to hit the open market.

In 2019, Henry had his best showing of production. Starting in 12 games for the Chargers with 55 receptions for 652 yards and five touchdowns. Not including 2018, Henry has found the end zone 17 times in his other three seasons. He missed the 2018 season due to a torn ACL suffered in offseason workouts.

As the Los Angeles Chargers look to find their next quarterback this offseason, keeping their top tight end is a big priority. Whether the organization chooses to play Tyrod Taylor, sign a free agent quarterback, or find their next franchise QB in the draft, having a top-shelf tight end will be crucial. Los Angeles is moving on from wide receiver Travis Benjamin, and likely running back Melvin Gordon this offseason. They traded left tackle Russell Okung for offensive guard Trai Turner.

Given the needs along the offensive line, finding another wide receiver threat, and possibly a running back this offseason, it makes sense to tag Hunter Henry. Whether that be for just one more season, or to buy time to get a longterm deal worked out. Los Angeles has a tough offseason ahead as they try to get back to the playoffs in 2020. If the organization can find a quarterback, Henry will be a viable option for whoever they place under center.

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