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Sunday, July 17, 2005 

Running Away

The Bills have found a home for Travis Henry, agreeing to trade the disgruntled RB to the Titans for a 2006 3rd round draft choice. Henry had a great season in 2002, rushing for 1438 yards on an average of 4.4 yards per attempt. He also caught 43 passes for 309 yards. Surprisingly, the Bills then drafted Willis McGahee in the first round in 2003, who sat out a year recovering from his injuries. Henry slipped a little in 2003 (1356-4.1, 28-158) but was still the starter heading into last season.

But the Bills got off to a terrible 0-4 start, and Henry's numbers in that stretch were pretty poor: 80 carries for 273 yards, just 3.4 yards per carry. In week 5, McGahee started, rushed 26 times for 111 yards, and the Bills beat the Dolphins 20-13. That was it for Henry, who carried the ball just 14 times the rest of the way.

In Tennessee, Chris Brown had some eye-popping games (26-152, 27-148, 32-147) but also missed 5 games due to injury. By acquiring Henry, the Titans have added a player who averaged 15 games a year from 2001-2003. But will Henry start to pout again if the younger Brown gets more carries? Tennessee is rebuilding, so this will be interesting to watch.

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