49ers Rumors: Delanie Walker Scheduled for Workout with SF on Wednesday

Joseph Zucker@@JosephZuckerFeatured Columnist IVJune 1, 2021

NASHVILLE, TN - AUGUST 25:  Delanie Walker #82 of the Tennessee Titans runs onto field before a game against the Pittsburgh Steelers during week three of preseason at Nissan Stadium on August 25, 2019 in Nashville, Tennessee.  The Steelers defeated the Titans 18-6.  (Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images)
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Veteran tight end Delanie Walker will work out for the San Francisco 49ers on Wednesday, according to NFL Network's Mike Garafolo.

The 36-year-old hasn't played since 2019 after sitting out the 2020 season. Ankle injuries limited him to eight appearances between 2018 and 2019.

In December, Walker said on the Pat McAfee Show his body was feeling better after taking time off and that he was looking toward a return to the league in 2021.

Pat McAfee @PatMcAfeeShow

"I've been telling teams I'm chilling, I'm taking this time off letting my body heal &amp; they know what I can do. I'll come back next year stronger, faster, &amp; healthier"<br><br>Tight End @delaniewalker82 on sitting out this year to heal up #PatMcAfeeShowLIVE pic.twitter.com/VO3JGrlZsx

Walker spent his first seven years in the league with the 49ers, but it wasn't until his move to the Tennessee Titans that he emerged as one of the better tight ends around. From 2013 to 2017, he ranked first at the position in receptions (356) and third in receiving yards (4,156), per Stathead.

The three-time Pro Bowler was unfortunate in that he didn't get to benefit from the offensive renaissance the Titans enjoyed after making Ryan Tannehill their starting quarterback.

San Francisco already has George Kittle, so it wouldn't need Walker to shoulder a heavy load in the passing game. After a foot injury landed Kittle on injured reserve in 2020, signing a veteran tight end would make sense to provide some more depth behind him.