Per NFL Insider Ian Rapoport, Hunter Henry is signing his franchise tag today, officially keeping him in the powder blue and gold through the 2020 NFL season.
Henry, one of the brightest young stars at the tight end position, is coming off playing in 12 games in 2019 where he set career-highs in passes caught and receiving yards with 55 and 652, respectively. Henry missed four games after suffering a tibia plateau fracture during their week one match-up with the Indianapolis Colts.
Meanwhile… #Chargers TE Hunter Henry is signing his franchise tag today, source said. Not a surprise, but it locks him in for 2020 and guarantees his roughly $10M salary.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) April 13, 2020
Henry enters his fifth year in the NFL but missed the entire 2018 season with a torn ACL. That was a huge letdown for the team as it was slated to be his first as the true #1 tight end following the team’s decision to not bring back Antonio Gates prior to his injury.
Up to this point, Henry has amassed 136 catches for 1,709 yards and 17 touchdowns. He has yet to play in all 16 games of a regular season. His career-high is 15 games while splitting time with Gates as a rookie in 2016.