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Mike Garafolo of NFL Network reports that FA TE Delanie Walker will by flying out to the 49ers facilities for a workout.
Walker still wants to play football after opting out of the 2020 season. The 36-year old hasn't had much productivity since 2017. In 2019, he caught 21 passes for 215 yards and two touchdowns. He was drafted by the 49ers back in 2006 and played with them until 2012. Walker won't have any fantasy value, but would be a veteran presence for the team.
Adam Schefter is reporting that Delanie Walker is planning to come back as a free agent in 2021 after sitting out the 2020 season due to COVID-19 and health concerns.
Walker was one of the bigger names to opt-out of the 2020 season but appears healthy and ready to get back to the field next season. Now 36 years old, Walker probably won't be the dominant tight end he was from 2014 to 2017 when he had four straight seasons with 800-plus receiving yards. Between 2018 and 2019, Walker only suited up for eight total games and five starts as he battled through a slew of injuries. It'll be interesting to see what demand Walker commands on the free agency market with younger guys like Jonnu Smith and Hunter Henry also available, but the big-bodied veteran should find a home before September's kickoff.
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.