Delanie Walker Rumors: Patriots, Ravens Among Teams Interested in Ex-Titans TE

Rob Goldberg@TheRobGoldbergFeatured ColumnistAugust 3, 2020

Tennessee Titans tight end Delanie Walker (82) sets up for a play during the second half of an NFL football game against the Jacksonville Jaguars Thursday, Sept. 19, 2019, in Jacksonville, Fla. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)
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Free-agent tight end Delanie Walker has gained interest from several teams ahead of the 2020 season, including the New England Patriots and Baltimore Ravens

Jeremy Fowler of ESPN reported the Patriots' interest, while veteran NFL reporter Josina Anderson noted the Ravens "are still looking at tight ends," with Walker and Jordan Reed among the targets.

Walker was released by the Tennessee Titans in March after seven years with the team. The 35-year-old earned three Pro Bowl selections from 2015-17.

The Patriots are especially thin at tight end after Matt LaCosse decided to opt out of the season, per Michael Giardi of NFL Network. Ben Watson also retired after last season

New England has rookie third-round picks Devin Asiasi and Dalton Keene capable of filling in next season, but the team could instead use someone with more experience like Walker.

The Central Missouri product appears to have options, however, even after two injury-filled seasons. Walker finished 2019 with 21 catches for 215 yards but was held to just seven games before going on injured reserve with an ankle injury. An ankle issue also ended his 2018 campaign after just one game.

Tennessee decided to move on in the offseason with Jonnu Smith emerging as a reliable weapon.

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In 14 years in the NFL, Walker has topped 800 receiving yards in four seasons. He was effective in 2017 with 74 catches for 807 yards and three touchdowns.

Teams could be looking for a bounce-back performance if he can remain healthy, with the Patriots and Ravens two of multiple organizations kicking the tires on the California native.

Matt Barrows of The Athletic reported on July 28 that the San Francisco 49ers were also interested. In March, the Washington football team, Green Bay Packers and Indianapolis Colts were among the teams putting him on their radar, per John Keim of ESPN.

With training camps underway, organizations are looking to fill the holes on their rosters and could be ready to add a key veteran like Walker.