The Tennessee Titans today announced that they have reached an agreement with TE Delanie Walker to a four-year contract. The news is a huge blow for the San Francisco 49ers, as they have no reliable back up to TE Vernon Davis and furthermore will need to find a replacement via free-agency or the NFL Draft. Walker’s combination of versatility and speed is what made him a hot commodity over the years. Through seven seasons with the 49ers he has accumulated 123 receptions for 1,465 yards and 8 touchdowns. Furthermore, it was not his tight-end play that earned him recognition but his special teams versatility. Walker was a jack of all trades when it came to special teams as he covered kickoffs, punts, and returned some as well.
Walker was a fan favorite and will surely be missed. He was the consummate team player and never complained about playing time, despite being a top flight tight-end in this league. His versatility is what earned him the nickname, “The Swiss Army Knife,” by 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh. With a huge gap to fill, the Niners will now be in the market for a back up tight-end, and some that come to mind are TE Dustin Keller, TE Fred Davis, and TE Anthony Fasano.