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


Deion Sanders, the coach of the Colorado Buffaloes and a former NFL player, expressed his belief that his former team made a remarkable acquisition during the NFL free agency period. Taking to social media platform X (formerly Twitter), Sanders shared his sentiments regarding Derrick Henry’s signing with the Baltimore Ravens, also taking a jab at the NBA in the process.

One of Sanders’ notable remarks was about the undervalued status of the running back position. Despite Derrick Henry consistently achieving 1,000 yards from scrimmage in the past six seasons and leading the NFL with 619 yards after contact last season, Sanders deemed the Ravens’ two-year, $16 million deal for Henry a significant bargain. This comes especially considering the Ravens’ strong contention in the last season, where they narrowly missed a Super Bowl appearance.

Comparing Henry’s potential salary in the context of the NFL, Sanders highlighted that if the season commenced immediately, Henry would only rank as the ninth highest-paid running back, falling far short of the top 100 overall earners. He juxtaposed this with Christian McCaffery, who holds the top salary among rushers with an $11.8 million base salary, placing him at No. 92 overall.


Sanders further criticized the NBA, pointing out the league’s history of interfering with major sports deals. Citing examples like Chris Paul’s failed move to the Los Angeles Lakers and controversies such as rigged draft lotteries and questionable team relocations, Sanders underscored the NBA’s past mishaps in contrast to the NFL’s current situation.

As Sanders gears up for the upcoming spring practices with the Buffaloes, commencing next week, anticipation builds for the Black and Gold Spring Game scheduled for April 27.

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