Delanie Walker spent his first seven seasons in the NFL with the San Francisco 49ers as a contributor before blossoming into a starter and Pro Bowler with the Tennessee Titans. Injuries slowed him down, though, limiting the tight end to just 8 games in 2018 and 2019.
After taking the 2020 season off, he has made it known that he's looking to play in 2021. With that in mind, here are three teams that could take a shot on the veteran.
Delanie Walker Free Agent Destinations
3. Tennessee Titans
Getting right down to it, a reunion between these two sides makes sense. From 2013-2017, Walker averaged 71.2 receptions, 831.2 yards and 5.2 touchdowns per season. He crossed 1,000 yards in 2015, and never had fewer than 3 TDs during that span. He's likely not the same force he once was due to injuries, but he'd still be an affordable contributor to bolster this budding contender. Promising young TE Jonnu Smith seems destined to walk in free agency, and Walker could immediately step in to fill those shoes.
2. Green Bay Packers
The Green Bay Packers always seem willing to take chances on veteran tight ends to surround Aaron Rodgers with. Green Bay will likely prioritize keeping Robert Tonyan this offseason, but Marcedes Lewis is also a free agent. With more than a year off to recover, even if Walker is 50-75% like his former self, and he'd be an affordable upgrade over Lewis to pair with Tonyan.
1. Seattle Seahawks
The Seattle Seahawks are in desperate need of help at tight end with Greg Olsen now retired and Jacob Hollister a free agent. Walker is known for his pass-catching and blocking, both of which would be great things to add to this offense with Russell Wilson currently voicing his displeasure with being hit too much. If Seattle misses out on its other tight end targets this offseason, Lewis should be a cheap alternative who could make an impact.
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