The Redskins have expressed interest in TE Delanie Walker. So, too, have the Colts and the Packers, per source. Not sure anything happens fast, but those are the teams who have expressed some level of interest.— John Keim (@john_keim) March 18, 2020
The 15-year veteran is coming off a season for the Titans in which he caught 21 receptions for 215 receiving yards and 2 touchdown receptions in 7 games (4 starts)—having battled a lingering ankle injury for the majority of last season.
His durability and advanced football age, 35, is a concern for the veteran’s next team, as Walker has played in just 8 games over the past two seasons—as he missed nearly all of the 2018 season with a dislocated ankle.
When healthy, the 3x Pro Bowler remains one of the league’s better veteran tight ends, as he has 504 receptions for 5,888 receiving yards and 36 touchdown receptions in 183 career games (101 starts).
The 6’2”, 248 pound tight end’s best season came in 2015, as he recorded 94 receptions for 1,088 receiving yards and 6 touchdown receptions. He had four straight 60+ reception, 800+ receiving yards, and 3+ touchdown reception seasons from 2014-17.
Of course, the Colts know Walker very well as a familiar AFC South foe with the Titans (2013-19)—who released him less than a week ago.
The Colts also have a need for a second tight end as despite Pro Bowler Jack Doyle returning as their TE1, the team is fully expected to move on from another former Pro Bowler, Eric Ebron, as their TE2—in an offense that heavily features two tight ends.
Having had one of the best quarterback to tight end combinations in NFL history with future Hall of Fame tight end Antonio Gates in San Diego, new Colts quarterback Philip Rivers also excels when throwing to his tight ends:
Phillip Rivers season averages when throwing to TEs since 2007:— PFF Fantasy Football (@PFF_Fantasy) March 17, 2020
114 targets, 82 catches, 986 yards, 9 TDs
cc: Jack Doyle
In that regard, Walker could be a nice veteran addition at tight end for the Colts—while providing additional leadership in their locker room.
The Colts also still have underrated tight end Mo Alie-Cox as an option—known more for his blocking—should Walker’s ankle injury flare up again as extra depth.
Obviously, the Colts shouldn’t break the bank here, but on a short, cost-efficient deal, Walker would make some sense for Indianapolis.