LA Chargers: Melvin Ingram or Hunter Henry, who should be re-signed?
By Jason Reed
The case for the LA Chargers to re-sign Hunter Henry:
While Henry has not had a miraculous season thus far, he is on pace to surpass the numbers he put up last season and has at least been reliable when he has been called upon. The biggest hit against him is the playcalling, as the Chargers often target the likes of Keenan Allen and Mike Williams and run the ball more than most teams in the league.
Henry has hauled in 37 of 59 targets for 387 yards and two touchdowns. Through 9 games, that puts him at a 16-game pace of 65 receptions, 688 yards and four touchdowns. Of course, things can change, but that is actually a pretty solid pace.
That might sound disappointing but that would actually set a new career-high in both receptions and receiving yards this season. Those are not elite numbers but they absolutely get the job done.
When you consider who the Chargers have on the roster if he does not re-sign, it seems foolish to let Henry go.
Plus, the biggest drawback of Henry and the main reason why he got franchise tagged is because of his injury past. Thus far (knock on wood), Henry has not gotten hurt and is starting to put those injury demons to bed.
The biggest problem with re-signing Henry is that the LA Chargers are naturally going to have to overpay for him. Teams will overpay for good pass-catching tight ends and if Austin Hooper can get $42 million over four years then I would think that Henry will at least get $30 million.
Is that worth it when the Chargers could draft a tight end? That is all dependent on if there is someone who the Chargers really love in the draft. It is not uncommon to find tight ends in the later rounds, either.
Travis Kelce, George Kittle and Darren Waller were all taken in the third round or later. It is possible that Henry can be replaced rather quickly.