Mar 11 - 2021

Ep.37 | Hunter Henry Not Franchise Tagged, Door Open For Patriots?

Talking Football With Ray

About the Episode

If Hunter Henry is going to remain with the Los Angeles Chargers, it will have to come through a long-term contract agreement.

Per ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the Chargers told Henry on Tuesday that he won’t receive the franchise tag prior to the 4 p.m. ET deadline. – Adam Wells, Bleacher Report

Is Hunter Henry the answer at tight end for the Patriots?

Continually applying Band-Aids won’t cure the problem. Whether it’s receiver or tight end, the Patriots need to land one of the big fish in the pool at either position. That doesn’t mean spending recklessly, it’s making a necessary move to try and fix what’s broken.

If the Patriots are going to spend on a tight end, or any offensive stud on the market, Hunter Henry’s the man.

He’s the biggest fish in the pond at a position of great need.

One reason this go-for-it scenario doesn’t seem so far-fetched, is the fact Bill Belichick is rather fond of the Chargers’ tight end.

The Chargers star is coming out of his first contract, and at age 26, is just hitting his prime.

He’s 6-foot-5, 250 pounds and has all the tools you’d want in a tight end in 2021. He’s a good route runner, has the speed to separate over the middle, and would be a vital weapon in the red zone.

He’s also one of the best blocking tight ends in the league. And given the bankroll of money the Patriots have to spend, Henry would be a terrific investment.

While he’s not at the George Kittle and Travis Kelce money level, after being franchised last year at $10.6 million, it’ll likely take a multi-year deal around $12 million per season to land him. – Karen Guregian, Boston Herald

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