Final verdict: the LA Chargers should re-sign Hunter Henry
Hunter Henry should be more of a priority after this season than Melvin Ingram. If the team can somehow work out deals with both then great, sign me up. But realistically, only one can be re-signed and that should be Henry.
Things can change over these next seven weeks but I do not think it is particularly close right now.
Yes, the Chargers are probably going to overpay a tad for Hunter Henry’s services and that might make Ingram look like a better value signing for the team. However, the team can easily pivot from Ingram, it is going to be much harder to pivot from Henry.
The Chargers already have Uchenna Nwosu, who has been showing fantastic signs this season, albeit he is not being used as much as he should be. There is even the possibility of moving 2019 first-round draft pick Jerry Tillery to a full-time edge rusher.
Tillery has shown more promising signs this season and Ingram benefitted from a position change of sorts after a slow start to his career, who is to say that Tillery can’t?
And at the end of the day, even if the Chargers just have an average edge rusher on one side they are still going to have one of the best in the league on the other side in Joey Bosa.
Meanwhile, if Henry leaves, the Chargers are stuck. They are going to be forced to use valuable draft capital that should be used on the offensive line or secondary on a tight end. Donald Parham will be the team’s TE1 and that is not a situation that sounds all that appealing.
Just because Henry has not lived up to our expectations does not mean that he is a bad tight end. He has made strides in his blocking and is good enough there while still being an above-average pass-catcher. He will only be 26 next year. I’ll take the 26-year-old over the 32-year-old any day of the week.