5. Delanie Walker, TE
For the first time, I’m preparing myself for the eventual exit of fan-favorite tight end, Delanie Walker. I don’t like writing it as much as you don’t like reading it, but here we are, facing reality. Walker is 35 years old and has been injury-ridden for the better part of one and a half seasons. Set to become an unrestricted free agent in 2021, the Titans have Walker under contract for the rest of this year and 2020.
While both Smith and Walker are on the same contract timeline, Smith’s $933,197 cap hit versus Walker’s $8,366,668 in 2020 is quite the disparity. Smith would give them a relatively “free” tight end next year on a prove-it type of deal, while cutting Walker could help open the door to re-signing CB Logan Ryan or extending QB Ryan Tannehill.
This game is a business, and a manager is always looking for ways to minimize loss and capitalize. Well, JR, here’s your moment. The Titans brought in Jonnu Smith as the successor to Walker; it’s been the plan, and now it’s time to execute.