Free agent linebacker Erik Walden remains a possibility for the Tennessee Titans, even nearly three months after his visit to Saint Thomas Sports Park.
Walden, a nine-year veteran who spent the past four seasons with the Indianapolis Colts, visited with the Titans in mid-March, but did not sign with the club and remains a free agent. Since that time, Walden has changed agents and interest in him may be heating up again as teams assess what they have with off-season work nearing an end later this month.
Per a source, the Titans have remained in contact on Walden, who played college football at nearby Middle Tennessee. Walden is also drawing interest from other teams, and according to a league source, could be taking a visit next week to another club as he sorts through his options with training camps opening around the NFL in approximately six weeks.
Walden, who turns 32 in August, is coming off a 2016 season in which he posted a career-high 11 sacks. The veteran linebacker made $4.5 million last season, and while it is believed that he is not necessarily opposed to accepting a one-year deal, Walden is likely to want more than what he made in 2016, given the production he put up as a pass rusher.
The Titans are still in need of depth at the outside linebacker position, even as the team is going through organized team activities. Tennessee has Pro Bowl linebacker Brian Orakpo and veteran Derrick Morgan as its starters, but Kevin Dodd, a second-round choice last year, remains a question mark with a lingering foot injury that landed him on injured reserve.
Dodd had surgery more than a year ago for a fifth metatarsal injury and reportedly had a second surgery in January, leaving the Titans thin behind their starters for the time being. Tennessee has second-year pro Aaron Wallace, a seventh-round choice a year ago, along with rookie seventh-rounder Josh Carraway of TCU, as backups. Inside linebacker Nate Palmer, who was re-signed largely for his special teams contributions, is also an option to play outside, though he also provides depth on the inside.