Justin Herbert a Key Reason for Hunter Henry Looking To Re-Sign With LA Chargers

Published 03/14/2021, 10:57 AM EDT
Nov 22, 2020; Inglewood, California, USA; Los Angeles Chargers quarterback Justin Herbert (10) throws the ball against the New York Jets in the second half at SoFi Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports


The LA Chargers were a bit of a mixed bag in 2020. While the franchise shone in offense with rookie QB Justin Herbert, the side overall failed to deliver the results required to make the playoffs.

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Another ray of hope for the Chargers in 202o was tight end Hunter Henry. Henry had a career best season in 2020 in terms of receptions. He also managed to get four touchdowns for his side over the course of the season.

Franchise tagged in 2020, Hunter Henry is set to be a free agent in three days. But the possibility of resigning with the LA Chargers is not something he’s ready to rule out just yet.

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Henry not ruling out LA Chargers

With the NFL three days away from entering the free agency market, franchises are scampering to keep hold of their key assets. And for the Chargers, Hunter Henry is one of them.

A second round pick back in 2016, Henry has been a dependable offensive outlet for the LA Chargers. Playing on the franchise tag in  2020, Henry’s future with the franchise remains unclear. But it looks like the charm of LA is just too much for Henry to leave behind.

Nov 22, 2020; Inglewood, California, USA; Los Angeles Chargers quarterback Justin Herbert (10) celebrates with head coach Anthony Lynn after throwing a touchdown pass against the New York Jets in the second quarter at SoFi Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

“I will say I’m not ruling out the Chargers,” said Henry while talking to TMZ Sports. “I’m not ruling out the Chargers and I won’t rule out the Chargers,” he asserted.

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Justin Herbert the key attraction

A key reason for wanting to stay back in LA seems to be Charger young QB Justin Herbert. When asked about his favorite QB, Henry didn’t hesitate to profess his admiration for the young QB.

“My favorite quarterback? Shoot, I love Herbie. That’s my guy!” he said.

Herbert has been nothing short of a revelation for the LA Chargers. The QB drafted from the University of Oregon came in with high expectations and proceeded to exceed them in some fashion.

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Herbert broke the all-time record for most touchdowns by a rookie with 31 in his first ever season. He claimed the record by beating out Cleveland Browns’ Baker Mayfield who had 27 TDs in his rookie season.

The promise that Herbert brings is phenomenal. Many view him as the QB that can finally help the Chargers take on city rivals, the LA Rams. And his influence on the team is already on show. With a player like Hunter Henry wanting to stick around just for the QB, the future looks bright for Herbert and the franchise.

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Shivayan Roy

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Shivayan Roy is currently an NFL writer at EssentiallySports. After completing his Masters Diploma in Journalism from the Asian College of Journalism, Roy functioned as a reporter for Goal.com and extensively covered the FIFA U-17 World Cup.

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