Would You Rather: Sign Eric Ebron or Delanie Walker in NFL Free Agency

Zach Brunner
Eric Ebron's season was ended prematurely due to an ankle injury.
Eric Ebron's season was ended prematurely due to an ankle injury. / Stacy Revere/Getty Images
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NFL Free Agency started off with a bang, having blockbuster trades to go along big signings. We even saw the largest tight end contract in NFL history, with the Cleveland Browns signing Austin Hooper. There are still teams out there in need of a tight end, and they may currently be deciding if they would rather sign Eric Ebron or Delanie Walker.

Ebron saw his career resurrected with Andrew Luck and the Indianapolis Colts. However, this past season did not go as he and many others had expected. Ebron played 11 games and caught just 31 passes for 375 yards and three touchdowns, which is a steep dropoff from his 750 yards and 13 touchdowns the season prior.

The disappointing season became even worse for Ebron, as he suffered an ankle injury that needed to be operated on. This ankle surgery ended his season early, but everything indicates that the soon-to-be 27-year-old will be ready for next season.

Speaking of injuries, Walker was able to play just seven games due to lingering lower body injuries of his own throughout last season and also missed the entirety of 2018 after injuring himself in the first game. However, this raises a bit more concern with Walker, since he is set to turn 36 before the upcoming season.

Still, Walker is known to be the do-it-all tight end, that thrives as both a blocker and receiver. He is still one of the best blocking tight ends in the game, and he totaled over 800 receiving yards in four straight seasons from 2014-17.

Ebron is known more as a receiving tight end that is capable of lining up in a number of different positions, but blocking is not his strong suit.

If a team looking to compete right now is looking for a short, team-friendly deal, Walker seems to be the best way to go. A team looking to sign a tight end for years to come should look to Ebron.


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