Deion Sanders thrilled by Ravens signing Derrick Henry, says NBA would’ve “blocked the move”

Deion Sanders, the coach of the Colorado Buffaloes, has voiced his opinion on the recent NFL free agency period, believing that his former team made a significant steal. Taking to social media platform X (formerly Twitter), Sanders expressed his thoughts on Derrick Henry’s signing with the Baltimore Ravens, while also lamenting for the rest of the league and taking a subtle jab at the NBA in the process.

One of Sanders’ notable remarks highlighted the diminished value of the running back position in today’s NFL landscape. Despite Derrick Henry’s remarkable performance, consistently surpassing 1,000 yards from scrimmage over the past six seasons and leading the league in yards after contact last year with 619, the Ravens managed to secure him on a two-year, $16 million deal. Sanders sees this as a bargain for the Ravens, especially considering their potential Super Bowl contention.

In the current NFL salary hierarchy, if the season were to commence immediately, Henry would rank as the ninth highest-paid running back, failing to crack the top 100 overall earners. For comparison, Christian McCaffery holds the top spot among rushers with an $11.8 million base salary but sits at only 92nd overall.

Sanders also touched upon his assessment of the NBA, asserting its reputation for impeding significant deals in sports history. Citing instances like Chris Paul’s failed move to the Los Angeles Lakers and controversies surrounding draft lotteries and questionable team relocations, Sanders highlighted past mishaps within the basketball league.

As Sanders prepares for the upcoming spring practices with the Buffaloes, leading up to the Black and Gold Spring Game scheduled for April 27, his comments reflect an astute observation of the sports landscape and anticipation for the upcoming NFL season.

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