Delanie Walker signed as a free agent with the Tennessee Titans in 2013, and since his arrival in Nashville he has been everything the team could have asked for as he lead the team in receiving last season in route to a 2015 Pro-Bowl appearance.
It was no surprise then that the Titans wanted to resign Walker, whose contract was set to expire following the 2016 season. They got that opportunity last week and were able to come to terms on that extension with Walker and his representatives.
Though terms of that deal have not officially been released, speculation is that Walker will receive $14.7 million and $8.2 million in guaranteed money over the next two seasons.
"We are excited to get this deal done with Delanie," Titans general manager Jon Robinson said in a prepared statement. "He's an integral part of this offense, and he has bought into our philosophy of what Titan football is about. We are looking forward to his continued impact both on the field and in the community in the future."
As for Walker, in an article by Titansonline.com seniro writer Jim Wyatt, the tight end admitted that he wanted to end his career as a Titan.
“The Titans gave me the opportunity three years ago to come in here, and they believed in me to come in here and be a starting tight end,’’ Walker told Wyatt. “I feel like for them to give me the opportunity and for me to prove that I can play in this league as one of the best tight ends in the NFL, I want to be here, and I wanted to get this deal done here so I could stay.
“I want to end my career here. I’m not saying after this contract is up I am done. Hopefully I can be here longer than that because I love being in Nashville. I love the state of Tennessee. Mike Mularkey is a great coach and I love playing under him. I'm glad it worked out.”
Walker led all NFL tight ends with 94 catches last season, and he also set a franchise record with his receptions and 1,088 yards receiving. Walker has recorded career highs for catches and yards receiving in each of his first three seasons with the Titans.
His production will once again be counted on in 2016 as Walker will be a key part, and a safety blanket for Marcus Mariota and a Titans offense that is looking to take a step forward in 2016.
“I always felt like I was an elite tight end in the league, and I finally got the opportunity to play in the Pro Bowl,’’ Walker said in the Wyatt interview. “But it hasn’t changed me. I am still hungry, and I want to do more. This time, I don’t want to be an alternate. I want to be that guy that gets voted in and I know that takes us winning games. This year I really think we are going to win the games and I’ll probably get the recognition I deserve.”