The Tennessee Titans have agreed to a one-year deal with veteran outside linebacker Erik Walden on Thursday, a source confirmed.
The deal comes a day before the club is scheduled to report for training camp, and the signing of the former Middle Tennessee State standout gives Coach Mike Mularkey and defensive coordinator Dick LeBeau a solid option behind starters Brian Orakpo and Derrick Morgan.
Walden, 32, had a career-high 11 sacks last year for the Indianapolis Colts.
The veteran pass rusher had visited with the Titans as early as March near the outset of free agency, but remained on the open market until Tennessee agreed to its one-year deal on Thursday.
Walden had kept the Titans high on his wish list throughout free agency, even as and his agent spoke with other clubs during the off-season.
Walden’s arrival also gives the Titans some solid insurance for Kevin Dodd, who missed part of his rookie year and all of the team’s off-season work this year after having two surgeries for a fifth metatarsal injury on his right foot.
Back in November 2013, Walden drew the ire of tight end Delanie Walker when he head-butted Walker, who did not have a helmet on. Walden was not ejected, despite Walker’s claims that he should have been, but he did draw a one-game suspension from the NFL over the incident.
There will no doubt be questions about that when the Titans convene for camp, but Walker said the following season that he had moved past the incident with Walden.