Hunter Henry’s supposed price in free agency isn’t worth it


The price tag for TE Hunter Henry suggests the Patriots should look elsewhere in free agency.

The New England Patriots are facing an extremely important offseason, and we would expect to find a new quarterback will be first on the priority list. In terms of other pressing needs, most fans would agree that they could prove beneficial by bolstering defensive end, wide receiver, tight end and potentially linebacker positions.

Luckily for them, there will be at least a handful of intriguing options at every location in the open market. Keeping things focused on the tight end, which wasn’t a factor in the Patriots offense this season, almost everyone singled out Hunter Henry as their sweet spot, and for the most part, we agreed with this opinion.

However, when you take a look at its rumored price, you’ll realize that it would probably be best to research alternative options. According to ESPN insider Mike Reiss, the Chargers star will cost in the range of 14 to 15 million dollars per year.

If the Patriots had as much money as they should have once the salary cap resets ($58.69 million, according to Spotrac), and if the short end was one of two positions they needed to improve , we would obviously be in favor of giving Henry everything he wanted.

However, that’s just not the case, and throwing the bank on a TE that isn’t exactly that well, that would be a serious oversight. Henry is a very good tight end, but giving him top-tier money instead of pursuing a cheaper option – like Jonnu Smith, Robert Tonyan or Jared Cook – seems like the wrong move.

It should also be noted that Henry has a concerning injury history. Former second-round pick missed all of 2018 with torn ACL and shocked not yet played a full list of 16 games in his remaining four seasons in the league.

Assuming his supposed price is correct, is he really someone you want to make one of the highest paid players in that position? Not at all. An annual income between $14 and $15 million would make Henry the third richest tight end behind George Kittle and Travis Kelce, who are both perennial All-Pro selections.

We’re very aware of what the future holds for Henry, but the Patriots would simply be better off looking elsewhere in free agency given how many other positions they have to fill.


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