After covering the quarterbacks, running backs, fullbacks, and wide receivers, we now reach our last "skill positions" stop on our tour of the Tennessee Titans as we approach the start of the 2013 regular season, the tight ends.
Perhaps the most interesting imponderable of the 2013 Tennessee Titans offseason came when Jared Cook fought the franchise tag with an eye toward playing elsewhere. What if Cook had been willing to accept the tag? Would the Titans still have signed a big-money free agent tight end? Would they still have traded up to draft Justin Hunter? As I covered, the Titans began the offseason just concluded with some uncertainty at tight end, a question that became amplified when they failed to franchise Cook. As I chronicled when that happened, they had choices as to what type of tight end to add. It seemed likely they would add a major contributor, but would they look for another oversized wideout like Cook or more of a blocker? The player they added would also tell us more about what kind of offense they wanted to be.
And the Titans made a clear statement when the player they selected was Delanie Walker, late of the NFC champion San Francisco 49ers. A career backup behind Vernon Davis who has never had more than 29 catches, Walker is a Joker who can and has done a bit of everything on offense, lining up at fullback, inline, on the wing, in the slot, and even split out at wide receiver. Only 6'0" tall, he's built more like a fullback than a traditional in-line tight end, but from what the Titans have said he should continue to line up all over the field with H-back more his primary position. With the Titans electing to pay him $17.5 million over four years even though he'll be 29 by the time the season starts, they're clearly expecting big things. I'm not expecting him to reach the 70 catch mark he's discussed in multiple interviews this offseason, but 45 could be reasonable.no comments