Delanie Walker is now looking to make a comeback to the NFL after last playing a game in 2019 with the Tennessee Titans.
Walker had a serious ankle injury in week 7 of his 2019 campaign which restricted him from playing. However, he’s now looking to get back in the game. Here are 5 teams who could sign him:
1. Denver Broncos (Best fit for Delanie Walker)
Signing Walker to a short-term prove-it deal would be a good idea for the Broncos. When last healthy, he recorded more than 800 receiving yards and had a solid 74 receptions.
While Noah Fant is a good overall tight end, Walker would boost the offense by providing a big reliable target for the Broncos quarterback.
2. Arizona Cardinals
The Cardinals do have a very dangerous receiving core coming into the 2021 NFL season. However, signing Walker would be a safe addition that could make the offense even better.
The current expected starter at the TE position is Maxx Williams who only had 8 receptions and 102 receiving yards. Delanie Walker may automatically be the starter and should play a key role as a possession pass-catcher.
3. Houston Texans
While the Deshaun Watson dilemma continues, the Texans offense could definitely use another weapon on offense. Walker is currently 36 years old, but still poses as an explosive route runner which makes him a solid fit with speedy wide receivers Brandin Cooks and Randall Cobb.
However, the Texans have just under $5 million in cap space versus teams such as the Cardinals and Broncos who have $11 million and $29 million respectively. While Walker may take a cheap deal, the Texans might not offer a contract as competitive as other teams.
4. Carolina Panthers
The Panthers have not had a high-caliber tight end since the departure of Greg Olsen. While their wide receiver room is absolutely stacked, bringing in Walker would be a safe bet for them.
Dan Arnold did impress last season with over 400 receiving yards. Still, the veteran tight end would be a smart addition:
The Panthers had a 3rd down completion rate of 38.97%, towards the bottom of the league. Walker’s experience could play a key role in making 3rd down receptions, perhaps solving a major problem for the Panthers.
5. Tennessee Titans (Delanie Walker former team)
Lastly, Walker may possibly also sign with his former team. The Titans did just make a blockbuster trade for Julio Jones, but could still use an upgrade at the TE position.
Moreover, they did lose their starting tight end Jonnu Smith as he signed with the Patriots this offseason. Walker could be someone who can exploit defenses in the short-passing attack while Julio Jones and A.J Brown reap the outside.