Hunter Henry Claims He Wants to Play with a ‘Good Quarterback’ Upon Entering Free Agency

Published 02/20/2021, 4:07 PM EST


While all eyes were on 2020 Heisman Trophy winner Joe Burrow last season, it was the University of Oregon product, Justin Herbert, who made a strong impact in the league.

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The Los Angeles Chargers rookie went on to throw for 4,300+ passing yards with 31 passing TDs and went on to win the ROY award. But that is not enough to convince Chargers teammate Hunter Henry.

The 26-year-old tight end developed a strong relationship with Herbert playing together last season. Henry, who was playing on a franchise tag in 2020, had 613 receiving yards with 4 receiving TDs from 14 games.

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He entered free agency this year and is currently looking for a new challenge. Can the Chargers’ management and quarterback Justin Herbert convince him to return in 2021?

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Hunter Henry aiming big after playing on a franchise tag in 2020

While speaking in a recent interview, Hunter Henry spoke highly of his Chargers teammate Justin Herbert. However, he maintains that there is no confirmation of a contract renewal with the LA-based outfit, for now.

He said, “I’ve really enjoyed my time here, so I’m not going to ever rule that out, you know, with a young quarterback, me and Justin (Herbert) have formed a relationship.

“But I think I’m open to whatever, and I think I kind of have to, in a way, but I really enjoyed my time and if that continues, I’ll be excited. If that doesn’t, then that would be a new step and a new place to kind of start again.

Nov 8, 2020; Inglewood, California, USA; Los Angeles Chargers quarterback Justin Herbert (10) is tackled by Las Vegas Raiders defensive end Clelin Ferrell (96) during the first half at SoFi Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

“I want to play somewhere there’s a good quarterback. That’s huge for our position. It makes things a lot easier … Playing with a good quarterback always makes things better.

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“You gotta look at both. You gotta 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,” Henry said on the SiriusXM NFL Radio.

It must be noted that Henry has never played a full season in the NFL due to his poor injury record. He is being linked with potential moves to the Indianapolis Colts, New York Jets, and even the New England Patriots. Watch this space for more.

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Daniel Arambur is an NFL writer and content strategist for EssentiallySports.With more than 1,000 articles, he is one of the senior writers in the NFL cohort at ES. A mass media graduate from the University of Mumbai, Daniel has found the perfect blend of vocation and passion in the sports content niche.

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