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Ex-Colt Staying in the South: Walden Signs with Titans

Titans Add More Super Bowl Experience to Roster

November 14, 2013 – The infamous headbutt heard around the world – or at least throughout the Titans community – by Indianapolis Colts’ Erik Walden on Titans TE Delanie Walker took place. In that moment, Walden became loathed by Titans’ fans.

July 27, 2017 – Walden and Walker are now teammates headed into the 2017 NFL Season. Now, Titans’ fans will have to cheer for the player they once despised.

After four years, I’m sure it is water under the bridge. It should be. It has to be.

The Titans brought Walden in for a visit during the beginning of the offseason. The meeting had reportedly went well, but the signing took place months later. Tennessee wanted to have Walden join the team at the start of training camp, which makes sense.

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Walden – coming off an 11-sack season with Indy – was not as hot of a free agent as his numbers may have suggested. The reason for this is because the bulk of Walden’s sacks were “right place-right time” sacks that often fell right into his lap. Either way, 11 sacks is half a sack more than the leader from last season, OLB Brian Orakpo.

The Walden signing is good for linebacker depth as depth at the position is pretty thin. OLB Kevin Dodd is reportedly healthy – but there are still questions about what his production will look like in his sophomore season. The addition of Walden will reduce the sense of urgency in getting Dodd on the field before he is 100% ready.

Walden will replace former linebacker – and current Colt – Sean Spence. Spence – who was primarily played inside linebacker – provided depth at the position for the Titans. Walden will play OLB – and will give the Titans much needed depth at the linebacker position coming off the bench.

Walden and Spence are essentially switching uniforms – but the Titans should benefit more from a production standpoint. Walden stands 6’2” and is listed at 250 lbs. Compared to Spence’s 5’11” 231 lb build, that’s a plus.

Walden could also bring the insight with how QB Andrew Luck and Colts game plan for the Titans, which is a great competitive edge. He also brings years of starting experience. A proven starter coming off the bench is ideal – as he’ll be productive in moments where Orakpo or Derrick Morgan come off the field for rest.

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Walden has been on 5 different teams throughout his 9 years in the league. He does have a piece of Super Bowl jewelry – but he didn’t play in the big game. As a Green Bay Packer, Walden was injured prior to the Super Bowl. His goal is to get back to the big game. That’s the goal in Nashville, also.

As the roster stands now prior to roster cuts, Walden and Dodd are essentially the backups to Orakpo and Morgan. If they both can perform at the level they are each capable of, the defensive pressure the Titans’ OLBs will bring will be constant.

Another player with Super Bowl experience added to the Titans locker room. GM Jon Robinson knows exactly what he’s doing.


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