Dealing Derrick Henry wouldn't be so easy for the Titans

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Inquiring if teams are interested in Derrick Henry is a good step short of trading him.

Mike Silver reported the Titans were shopping him at the combine. Actually dealing him will require finding a partner who is willing to pay over $10 million in 2023 for a back who can still take over a game but needs things to unfold a certain way for him and has some limitations.

Derrick Henry
Derrick Henry/ Photo by Angie Flatt

The Titans would only save $6.26 million by offloading the centerpiece of their offense, eating over $10.1 million in dead money.

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Will the Titans go smaller at receiver to get faster?

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Like any team, the Titans prefer big and fast receivers.

But if they’ve needed to sacrifice size or speed, they’ve given up speed. The team and quarterback Ryan Tannehill have a preference for large receivers with big catch-radiuses who can block with physicality.

Nov 26, 2022; Nashville, Tennessee, USA; Tennessee Volunteers wide receiver Jalin Hyatt (11) pulls in a first down catch against Vanderbilt Commodores defensive back Ja'Dais Richard (34) during the first quarter at FirstBank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: George Walker IV - USA TODAY Sports
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Mike Vrabel, however, came out of 2022 with a call for the Titans to get faster, and while that covers plenty of positions, a fast team has to have fast receivers.

With a new general manager and a new desire from the coach and an offensive coordinator and a revamped offensive staff that’s going to want to do some different things, are we about to see a change in Tennessee’s approach?

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Draft analyst Dane Brugler makes the Titans' first three picks

BruglerINDIANAPOLIS -- The best draft analyst in the business, Dane Brugler from The Athletic, spent some time with me Friday in the press room of the NFL scouting combine.

We talked about the Titans' scenario with picks 11, 41 and 72 in the first three rounds of the draft and he's got it down so you won't even need to watch when it actually happens.

Additionally, we chatted about what's being undervalued in this draft and how NIL is affecting who's coming out of college and who's not.

This will hold you over until Brugler's massive draft guide, The Beast, publishes in early April.

The video is below and also at the private Facebook page.

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Five Titans questions with analytics expert Cynthia Frelund

Cynthia FrelundINDIANAPOLIS -- How will an analytics expert first see the influence of analytics on the Titans with Ran Carthon, a believer, running the front office?

That's one of five questions I asked Cynthia Frelund of NFL Network at the NFL scouting combine. She brings an interesting and unique perspective to league developments and trends and I promise you will enjoy our conversation.

Head below and check it out.

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PK TV: Titans combine talk from Indianapolis

Paul KuharskyINDIANAPOLIS -- Titans brass had a lot to say earlier this week and combine workouts are underway here at Lucas Oil Stadium, so we got together Thursday evening to chat about what's been going on.

As always, you brought a bunch of good topics and questions that we dove into thoroughly, which was the best element as usual.

I was well-nourished and hydrated and ready to go.

Head to the private Facebook page or below to our private YouTube to rewatch the informative discussion.

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Who could your team strike a draft trade with? Start with these combine connections

2023CombineINDIANAPOLIS – When the Titans were a year into Marcus Mariota’s term but had the No. 1 pick, it was pretty clear they’d trade out to a team that would take a quarterback.

It wound up being a swap with the Rams, with nine picks over two years changing hands. Los Angeles took Jared Goff first overall. The Titans made another trade to move up for Jack Conklin and grabbed Derrick Henry with the Rams’ second-rounder.

The initial talks about the deal took place here at Lucas Oil Stadium, where each team is assigned its own club-level booth as its headquarters. The Titans and Rams were next-door neighbors.

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Mike Vrabel leaves room for radical Titans' offensive scheme change

INDIANAPOLIS – When Mike Vrabel’s offense was at its best in 2020 it scored just over 30 points a game and ranked fourth in scoring, the highest for the franchise since the end of the Oilers’ run-and-shoot in 1993.

Derrick Henry ran for 2,027 and Ryan Tannehill was fantastic in the play-action game, throwing a career-high 33 touchdowns and engineering six game-winning drives as the Titans went 11-5.Ryan Tannehill

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As they evaluate prospects at the combine and approach free agency to rebuild their offensive line and receiving corps and find a tight end to pair with Chig Okonkwo, will they try to replicate that? Or does the amount of blanks on the depth chart they need to fill create opportunity for change?

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Podcast: The Titans' odds of hitting on a trade-up for a QB

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- You've got to go for a quarterback until you get one. But I put some guardrails on that philosophy.

In this week's edition of the podcast, I look at the last 15 trades up for a quarterback in the first round. Is a 27 percent chance at a franchise guy good enough?The Paul Kuharsky Podcast

The new episode awaits you on Apple, SpotifyGoogle PodcastsTuneIn and YouTube, which is below.

And now, you can watch or listen on our new YouTube channel. You can also find that broadcast below. I hope you will subscribe to that as well.

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Subjects I dive into:

💥 Coaches who skip the combine
💥 What Tim Kelly said about last year's offense being predictability
💥 The idea of the Titans trading up for a quarterback now versus later
💥 Rereading your favorite book
💥 A secret promotion

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