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Tracking the latest free agency rumors for Hunter Henry

Henry is the best tight end set to become a free agent this offseason. The Chargers will want to keep him, but there’s still a chance he could move on.

 Los Angeles Chargers tight end Hunter Henry (86) against the Las Vegas Raiders at Allegiant Stadium. Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

We are already into the thick of the NFL offseason and that means free agency. Teams can’t contact free agents until March 15th, but news of the top players will circulate as we close in on that starting point. Dak Prescott, Chris Godwin, Allen Robinson, and Kenny Golladay are just a few of the big names set to hit unrestricted free agency when the new league year opens on March 17th. One or more stands a good chance of signing a contract with their current team or being franchise tagged before then, but there is a chance one or more is taking calls when the tampering period opens on March 15th.

2020 in review

2020 was an awful season for tight ends across the board, but Henry continues to play just under expectations. Those expectations have been high though and last season he averaged the 10th most fantasy points per game for tight ends. He missed the last two games of the season, and totaled 60 receptions for 613 yards and four touchdowns.

Another season with Justin Herbert would be good for him, but he might not get it if he is allowed to walk.

Possible destinations

Henry stated that he wants to play with a good quarterback, which makes sense of course. He is the best tight end on the market and would likely get a contract that pays him his worth. But he easily could end up back with the Chargers. The Jacksonville Jaguars, New England Patriots, New York Jets, Cincinnati Bengals are all in need of a tight end, but there would be plenty of suitors if Henry doesn’t stay with the Chargers.

Do the Chargers want to keep him?

He was franchise tagged last offseason and is just developing continuity with quarterback Justin Herbert. The Chargers have the eighth-best salary cap standing right now and keeping Henry around would make sense.

Fantasy implications

The best place for his fantasy outlook is to stick with the Chargers and Herbert. He’s not guaranteed to breakout, but he’s shown consistency when on the field and will only get better as Herbert improves.

Rumored interest