The Chargers officially moved to keep Hunter Henry by placing a franchise tag on the veteran tight end, the team announced Friday.
The decision ties Henry to the team for the 2020 season, at a salary of about $11 million. The sides are expected to continue negotiations on a long-term contract. The NFL’s franchise tag deadline is Monday.
Henry, 25, is coming off his most productive season. He caught 55 passes for 652 yards and five touchdowns, missing four games because of a tibial plateau fracture in his left knee.
In three seasons — he sat out all but one game in 2018 because of a torn ACL — Henry has scored 17 touchdowns.
The Chargers most recently used the franchise tag in 2017, when defensive end Melvin Ingram was tagged before agreeing to a four-year extension worth up to $66 million.