Titans pay Derrick Henry less than Chris Johnson in 2011

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Two contracts with the Tennessee Titans are a good illustration of how runners have been devalued in the NFL over the past decade.

On Wednesday, the Titans and Derrick Henry signed a $ 50 million, four-year contract with a $ 25.5 million guarantee.

In 2011, the Titans and Chris Johnson signed a $ 53.5 million four-year contract with $ 30 million guaranteed.

The NFL salary cap is $ 198.2 million this season. It was $ 120 million last season.

Henry is the same age in 2020 as Johnson in 2011. Henry comes out of a season in which he led the NFL in a rush; Johnson was fourth in the NFL rushing in 2010. But Johnson made more money at a time when the salary cap was almost $ 80 million less.

Since Johnson signed the deal, runners have consistently failed to fulfill lucrative contracts – including Johnson, who was released by the Titans in 2014. The Titans are investing in Henry in hopes of turning the tide. , but it’s nowhere near as large an investment as they made to Johnson nine years ago.

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