On Saturday, a series of tweets from Erik Walden thanking the Colts and their fans for the support over the last four years seemed to erase any lingering doubt about his future with the team: he won’t be back.
So far, we haven’t heard of interest for Walden for other teams - until today, that is. According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, Walden is visiting the Tennessee Titans today.
That is quite interesting, and not just because the Titans play in the AFC South, which would mean that Walden could face the Colts twice a year. No, it’s also interesting because of a certain headbut incident between Walden and Titans tight end Delanie Walker in 2013 that led to Walden getting suspended.
Of course, all will be forgiven if the Titans think that Walden can help them, and he probably can. He had a solid four seasons with the Colts, playing in 61 games (starting 60) and recording 166 tackles, 23 sacks, six forced fumbles, and three passes defensed. He had the best year of his eleven-year career in 2016 as he started all 16 games and recorded 42 tackles, ten tackles for loss, eleven sacks, 17 quarterback hits, and three forced fumbles. He certainly produced for the Colts last year and stepped up when no one else was, but at the same time he’s not a true pass rusher - and that is perhaps best shown by the fact that, so far, he hasn’t seemed to garner much interest in a free agent market that loves paying pass rushers.
But as long as you know what you’re getting with Walden, he can be a solid addition. The Titans have gotten to see Walden twice a year in the last four years, and now they’re interested in bringing him on board with their team - where he would in turn face the Colts twice a year.