The NFL saw Chris Jones, Myles Garrett, and Derrick Henry receiving big contracts.
It was reported Tuesday that the Kansas City Chiefs and Jones agreed on a four-year deal that’s worth up to $85 million. The Cleveland Browns followed suit with a five-year, $125 million extension with Myles Garrett. Garrett’s deal makes him the highest-paid non-quarterback in the NFL. Tennessee Titans running back Derrick Henry got in on the action at the deadline Wednesday with a four-year, $50 million deal.
Chris Jones’ Impact on Kansas City’s Future
The big paydays all started with someone that most people weren’t sure if he was going to get paid or not in Chris Jones. Patrick Mahomes landed the biggest contract in professional sports history which left many with the question on how much money does Kansas City have now. They showed in a big way that they plan on locking up their best players for a long time.
Jones has improved every year as a defensive lineman and now is regarded as one of the best pass rushers. He’s recorded 24.5 sacks in the last two seasons and was selected to his first Pro Bowl last season. Jones has become a stable in the Chiefs’ defense and a leader on the field with his play.
The move makes a lot of sense for the defending Super Bowl champs as they go for the repeat. Mahomes and Jones ensures success for the team for years to come. The question now comes with whether they can keep other big-name players like Tyreek Hill and Travis Kelce on the team as well.
Myles Garrett’s Impact on Cleveland’s Future
Since entering the league in 2017, there has not been a more dominant, young defensive lineman than Myles Garrett. Chris Jones might have one year on him, but Garrett has been a beast from the beginning. Garrett has recorded 30.5 sacks in three seasons. Even though he played ten out of the 16 games last year, he still recorded ten sacks. Not many defensive lineman have been as much of a pass-rushing monster that Garrett has been.
One concern about him is going back to the incident with Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Mason Rudolph las season. After swinging a helmet at Rudolph’s head, Garrett was suspended for the last six games of the season. Garrett did claim that Rudolph used a racial slur at him, but no evidence has proven that. It’s tough to make a judgment on that situation since no one has evidence backing that claim up.
Even though that situation didn’t help Garrett, he has since been reinstated and hasn’t had any issues on and off the field. The contract is well-earned for a player that has been consistently one of the best players in the league. Cleveland has locked up their best defensive player, but what will they do with Baker Mayfield?
Derrick Henry’s Impact on Tennessee’s Future
Despite not having much optimism that a deal would get done, Tennessee finds a way to pay Henry a big contract. The move makes sense since their offense is heavily dependent on how Henry plays during the NFL season. The Henry contract isn’t as big as Jones or the Garrett contracts, but a running back getting paid is rare to see these days.
The concern for Henry is his ability to continuously carry the ball 300 or more times a year for the next four years. His abilities are not to be questioned as he’s the best power runner in the NFL. It’s the physical toll he’s going to be taking as the lead back on the team. Remember, Dion Lewis is no longer there to help him out.
After looking at options in the free agent market, signing Henry long-term makes the most sense. Devonta Freeman and LeSean McCoy are the top options right now and neither one makes sense for Tennessee. Henry appears to get better and better every season so the Titans are betting on another monster year from their back.