The Indianapolis Colts’ sack leader from a year ago is reportedly signing with the Tennessee Titans. Walden tallied 11 sacks last season for the Colts and was one of those who were age-shamed by incoming GM Chris Ballard as he took the steps to make the Colts a younger roster.
Walden has accumulated 329 tackles and 31 sacks throughout his career, 175 and 23 respectively in four seasons with the Colts.
According to Ian Rapoport, Walden is signing with a team in which he has a storied past with as well. Many will remember the headbutt to Titans’ tight end Delanie Walker in 2013 among some other issues when the two teams would share the field. So, maybe that will be fun to monitor at Titans’ camp, to see how those two mesh in 11 on 11 drills.
Rare to pick up a player coming off a double-digit sack season, in July, with no injury. But that's what the #Titans did with Erik Walden.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) July 27, 2017
Walden was one of the better free agent signings from previous GM Ryan Grigson. When most were either constantly injured, or never performed up to snuff, Walden remained the Colts starter opposite rush linebacker Robert Mathis. Walden was a guy who I felt could be a nice late addition to the team with a lack of experienced depth at the position, and was also one of Brett Mock’s 5 players the Colts should have on speed dial.
Walden isn’t a pure pass rusher, but may just help the Titans as they move forward in attempting to build their roster into one that can beat the Colts with some sort of regularity in the future.