Tennessee Titans should give Delanie Walker some consideration

Delanie Walker, Tennessee Titans (Mandatory Credit: USA TODAY Sports Images)
Delanie Walker, Tennessee Titans (Mandatory Credit: USA TODAY Sports Images) /

Okay, here’s a serious question. No one’s saying that anyone is right or wrong by asking the question or that someone’s fanhood needs to be stripped because they haven’t. This is just one of those things that cross the mind of a Tennessee Titans fan that has too much time on his or her hands.

Is there anybody else that has thought about Delanie Walker, at least over the past few weeks or so? If you haven’t noticed, at the time of this story being published, he’s still on the open market. Being someone that’s played 14 NFL seasons but sat out of the most recent may have something to do with that.

Sure, Walker is 36, and he’s an old 36. His birthday is August 12th, but Tennessee never really addressed the tight end position in the most recent NFL Draft. Sure, they added Alabama’s Miller Forristall as an undrafted free agent shortly thereafter, but there still seems to be a need at the position, and there’s a possibility that Walker might be what the doctor ordered.

Here’s a walk down memory lane for Tennessee Titans fans.

After missing all but eight games over the course of the 2018 and 2019 NFL season, as stated earlier, Walker sat out of the 2020-2021 campaign. Recently, he dropped a clip in which he was working out with Monarc’s robotic quarterback. Take a look.

Okay, we get it. There are no pads. There are no defensive players on the field, but you get the point. This dude looks pretty doggone good for a guy that’s approaching 40, one that satisfies a Titans need while also being cost-effective.

The Tennessee Titans should at least get Walker in for a workout, right?

Currently, in addition to Forristall, the Tennessee Titans have Anthony Firkser, Tommy Hudson, Jared Pinkney, and Geoff Swaim on the team’s roster at the tight end position. We’re a long way from finalizing a 53-man roster, but if this team is to carry three guys at the position (or maybe four at the most), they owe it to themselves to see if Walker isn’t better than one of the ones they’re carrying.

In 86 career games with 62 starts as a member of the Tennessee Titans, if you include the playoffs, this young man has hauled in 390 receptions for 4,546 yards and 28 touchdowns.

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Though he’s always been loved by the two-tone blue’s faithful, there may be some concern that Walker isn’t what he once was. Here’s something that we might want to start asking though, and this is a fair statement as well. What if he actually is what he was and capable of giving Tennessee about 20 solid plays a game? There’s truly only one way to find out.