Derrick Henry's $ alone would not have satisfied Brown. They would have had to forego 2x Derrick Henrys to pay Brown. Or D. Henry and $12M worth of help elsewhere. If that $12M is spent wisely, then it's D. Henry+ > Brown. If it's spent poorly, then it probably is Brown > D. Henry+.I'm not sure that's the argument though. It's about the resource. It's about not paying AJ Brown because they WERE paying Derrick Henry. Who averaged 4.4 and 4.3 ypc the last two seasons. Wouldn't the Titans have been better off giving Brown that money and letting Henry walk? Big time WRs are making upwards of $20M a year now. Having AJ Brown + replacement level RB would have yielded better overall team/offense results than having Henry + replacement level WR.Running is less efficient than passing? Fine.
Drafting RBs in the 1st is a wasted pick? Ok.
But a thousand articles will never convince me that spending 12 million on a Curtis Samuel or a Dawson Knox is a better investment for your team than a Derrick Henry.
Henry's $ would have satisified Corey Davis. And Tennessee decided to pay Henry that $12M instead of Davis. Easily the correct decision.
In a perfect world for the Titans, or any other team, they would never sign a bad contract on the remainder of their roster, and could pay both Henry and Brown.