Tennessee Titans restructuring Derrick Henry's contract, putting him ahead of Ezekiel Elliott | Source

Ben Arthur
Nashville Tennessean

The Tennessee Titans reworked star running back Derrick Henry's contract, a source with direct knowledge of the decision confirmed to The Tennessean on Thursday. 

The source spoke on condition of anonymity because the Titans have not announced the deal. NFL Network first reported the news. 

The restructured deal will give Henry a $2 million raise for 2022, the source said, and will make him the NFL's highest-paid running back by total cash for the coming season. Henry is set to make $14 million this season, putting him ahead of Ezekiel Elliott's $12.4 million, according SpoTrac. 

No additional years were added to Henry's contract, which ends after the 2023 season, the source added. He signed his current deal in July 2020. 

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The 28-year old Henry is a one-time All Pro, two-time Pro Bowler and one of eight players in NFL history to rush for 2,000 yards in a single season, a feat he accomplished in 2020. He led the league in carries, rushing yards and rushing touchdowns in 2019 and '20. 

Henry missed nine games last season after suffering a foot fracture in Week 9 against the Indianapolis Colts. He had 219 carries for 937 yards and 10 touchdowns in eight games in 2021. He still finished ninth in rushing yards despite missing more than half of the season. 

Henry was a second-round pick of the Titans in 2016. 

Ben Arthur covers the Tennessee Titans for The USA TODAY Network. Contact him at barthur@gannett.com and follow him on Twitter at @benyarthur.