TE - FA
Week 17 Outlook
Former Titans and current free agent TE Delanie Walker has been working out this offseason and is drawing interest from several teams, one of those teams being the New England Patriots, per source.
The Patriots are very thin at the tight end position after Matt LaCosse decided to opt out of the 2020 season. That leaves rookies Devin Asiasi and Dalton Keene to fend for the lions share of the tight end work as it stands right now. It would make a whole lot of sense for the Patriots to bring in a veteran like Walker, but the report says that “several” teams are interested in the 35-year old. Walker could potentially become a solid late-round tight end option in deeper leagues.
Matt Barrows of The Athletic reported on Wednesday that Delanie Walker and the San Francisco 49ers had engaged in "soft talks" regarding bringing his talents to the Bay Area. The 49ers are also in talks with oft-injured former Washington tight end Jordan Reed. Presently, the 49ers have fourth year tight end Ross Dwelley and sixth-round pick Charlie Woerner filling out the depth chart.
With George Kittle already firmly entrenched as the lead receiver on the team Delanie Walker's hypothetical role in the offense would be limited. A deal makes good football sense for both sides, but likely wouldn't make Walker fantasy relevant in 2020.
Adam Schefter of ESPN reports the Titans have released Delanie Walker.
The 35-year-old has struggled to stay on the field the past couple of years and his release clears up $6.4 million in cap space. This certainly creates a big opportunity for Jonnu Smith, who will likely be a popular breakout candidate entering 2020.
Delanie Walker (ankle) has been placed on IR by the Titans.
Walker missed the last four games due to an ankle injury, and the Titans ultimately decided to shut him down for the season. He will finish 2019 with 21 catches for 215 yards and two touchdowns. Jonnu Smith will lead the Titans' tight end corps and is a borderline TE2 the rest of the season.
Delanie Walker (ankle) is considered doubtful for Sunday's game against the Jaguars.
Walker practiced in a limited basis all week and was trending in the right direction for a return Week 12, but is unlikely to play. He continues to battle an ankle injury and hasn't played since Week 7. Jonnu Smith will man the tight position with Walker sidelined.