Titans release long-time TE Delanie Walker

Titans release long-time TE Delanie Walker

The Tennessee Titans have released tight end Delanie Walker with a designation of a failed physical.

The Titans had released kicker Ryan Succop earlier on Friday.

In letting go of Walker, the Titans put out a statement on the veteran tight end, who suffered from injuries during his final two seaons in Tennessee.

“In particular, I would like to address Delanie Walker and his impact. In my time here with Delanie, he has been an absolute pro on the field, in the locker room, and his production speaks for itself,” Robinson said. “He was a leader, a captain, and a highly respected member of this team.  His toughness, competitiveness, attitude and professionalism are what we expect from our players. I want to wish him all of the best moving forward and he will forever be a Titan great.”

Walker, 35, joined the Titans in 2013, coming off an appearance in the Super Bowl with the San Francisco 49ers and immediately became a bright spot on some bad Titans teams.

In seven seasons in Tennessee, Walker had 381 receptions for 4,423 yards and 28 receiving touchdowns.

Walker’s best season with the Titans was one of the franchise’s worst in 2014 when he caught 94 passes for 1,088 yards for a Tennessee team that finished 2-14 and had the worst record in the NFL.

The veteran continued to be a leader and was a big part of the teams’ turnaround in 2016, winning nine games and in 2017, not only making the playoffs but picking up a road victory at Kansas City in the Wild-Card round.

Walker was a sixth-round pick of the San Francisco 49ers in 2006 and served mainly as a backup to Vernon Davis.

Walker suffered a broken fibula in the season opener in 2018 and missed the rest of that season. He came back in 2019, but still had problems and was placed on injured reserve. Walker was scheduled to have a base salary of $5.4 million in 2020

Robinson spoke of the tough decisions to have to release key veterans like Walker, Succop and Cameron Wake and Dion Lewis, who were let go on Thursday.

“Over the last two days I have had the difficult task of informing a number of our players they are being released. These aren’t easy conversations, but I want to thank each of them for the significant contributions they have made to our organization both on and off the field. They each played a part in our success last year in ways big and small,” Robinson said.

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