Chargers Free Agency

Chargers: Seven important 2020 unrestricted free agent decisions

NASHVILLE, TN - OCTOBER 20: Philip Rivers #17 of the Los Angeles Chargers points to fans as he enters the field before a game against the Tennessee Titans at Nissan Stadium on October 20, 2019 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images)
NASHVILLE, TN - OCTOBER 20: Philip Rivers #17 of the Los Angeles Chargers points to fans as he enters the field before a game against the Tennessee Titans at Nissan Stadium on October 20, 2019 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images)
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CARSON, CALIFORNIA – NOVEMBER 03: Hunter Henry #86 of the Los Angeles Chargers warms up before the game against the Green Bay Packers at Dignity Health Sports Park on November 03, 2019, in Carson, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
CARSON, CALIFORNIA – NOVEMBER 03: Hunter Henry #86 of the Los Angeles Chargers warms up before the game against the Green Bay Packers at Dignity Health Sports Park on November 03, 2019, in Carson, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

Decision No.2: Hunter Henry

While Henry may have had somewhat of an underwhelming season due to a knee injury that caused him to miss a month, his value is still high. Even with the injuries, some team will pay for one of the top five tight ends in terms of talent.

The New England Patriots are a team that’s been linked to Henry, which makes sense considering they never really filled the hole that was left by Rob Gronkowski‘s retirement.

Spotrac’s Market Value lists Henry’s calculated average annual value around $8.9 million, which is about right for his production. His blocking is average amongst tight ends, but it isn’t really a large hindrance to his game.

Still, both teams and NFL fans may have some hesitation about giving Henry the check with the injury history and stress on his knees from the last few years.

What should happen: A three to four-year deal worth eight to nine million to keep Henry on the Chargers. The Chargers should use some of the cap space here to keep Henry’s game-changing ability.

Plus, given that it’s an NFL contract, the whole contract is unlikely to be guaranteed given the current collective bargaining agreement.

What will happen: The Chargers keep Henry for four years with a $9-10 million average annual value contract, despite a competitive free agency from other teams.

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