Hunter Henry: I want to play 'with a good quarterback'
Henry knows his priorities for free agency. Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Hunter Henry could be in line for a significant pay day this offseason, as the 26-year-old will headline the class of free-agent tight ends. Like any free agent, Henry is naturally looking to secure a lucrative contract in free agency, but the five-year veteran admitted that he’ll also be valuing his suitors’ quarterback situations.

Henry said during an appearance on SiriusXM NFL Radio.

“Obviously, you’ve got to look at it financially. That’s part of it, but I don’t think it’s all about that.

“I want to play somewhere there’s a good quarterback. That’s huge for our position … Playing with a good quarterback always makes things better. You got to look at both. You got to look at some of the financial stuff, but not dive too deep into it that you go chasing it because I also want to play with a good quarterback.”

Of course, some would naturally point to Henry’s incumbent team as a match. Justin Herbert had a standout rookie season, and Henry benefited by hauling in 60 receptions for 613 yards and four touchdowns. Henry noted his connection with Herbert, and he said he’d welcome a return to Los Angeles:

“I really enjoyed my time here, so I’m not going to ever rule that out. With a young quarterback, me and Justin have formed a relationship. But I think I’m open to whatever, and I kind of have to [be], in a way. But I’ve really enjoyed my time, and if that continues, I’ll be excited. If it doesn’t, then that will be a new step.”

Due to his lack of consistency and previous injury concerns, Henry will have a tough time reaching the average annual values of fellow tight ends George Kittle ($15M) and Travis Kelce ($14.3M). However, after being slapped with the franchise tag last offseason, Henry still ranked third in AVV at $10.6M (a number that would climb if he’s franchised a second time). Austin Hooper managed to secure a four-year, $42M deal last offseason ($10.5M AAV), and that would be a logical financial framework for Henry’s next contract.

This article first appeared on Pro Football Rumors and was syndicated with permission.

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