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Hunter Henry Signs $10.6 Million Tender, Now NFL's Highest-Paid Tight End


The Los Angeles Chargers and tight end Hunter Henry are still working on a long-term deal, but for now, he'll settle on being the NFL's highest-paid tight end.

Per Lindsey Thiry of, Henry agreed to sign the franchise tender, which will pay him $10.6 million on a one-year pact. He is now the highest-paid player at the position for 2020.

As Thiry noted, the Chargers have until July 15 to reach an agreement on a long-term contract.

Drafted 35th overall by the Chargers in 2016, Henry has quickly grown into one of the game's top tight ends. He had 55 receptions for 652 yards and five touchdowns in 2019, all career bests.

Henry missed the 2018 season after suffering an ACL tear in the offseason. He showed signs of breaking out in 2017 with 45 catches for 579 yards and four touchdowns. To date, Henry has 136 career receptions for 1,709 yards and 17 touchdowns.

The Chargers were one of the NFL's biggest disappointments in 2019, going from 12 wins plus a playoff berth in 2018 to last in the AFC West division. They moved on from Pro Bowl quarterback Philip Rivers, who signed with the Indianapolis Colts in free agency.

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Many expect the Chargers to draft a quarterback with the No. 6 selection next week. Right now, veteran journeyman Tyrod Taylor is the top quarterback on the depth chart. Head coach Anthony Lynn has expressed confidence in Taylor as his quarterback.

The Chargers' starting quarterback in 2020 won't be short of playmakers. Outside of Henry, Los Angeles owns two dynamic receivers in Keenan Allen and Mike Williams, as well as do-it-all running back Austin Ekeler.

Henry has proven to be a core part of the Chargers' offense, but now they have to focus on a long-term deal here. Aside from Henry, Allen, Williams, Taylor, Joey Bosa and Melvin Ingram are all slated to enter free agency next year. We'll find out soon enough if GM Tom Telesco can reach a long-term deal with Henry.

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