Even though they lost in the Julio Jones sweepstakes, the San Francisco 49ers still appear to be looking at bringing on more pass catchers for rookie QB Trey Lance this year. To that end, they’re bringing in a Pro Bowl tight end for a visit.
According to ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler, three-time Pro Bowler Delanie Walker recently visited the 49ers. Walker is 36 years old and did not play in 2020.
But Walker is a familiar face in San Francisco (even if most of the current players and staff don’t remember him). He was a sixth-round pick by the 49ers in the 2006 NFL Draft and played seven seasons there before signing with the Tennessee Titans in 2013.
As a member of the Titans, Walker emerged as a top tier receiving tight end. In his first five seasons there he had 356 receptions for 4,156 yards and 26 touchdowns. He made three straight Pro Bowls between 2015 and 2017.
Unfortunately, injuries began to derail his career shortly afterwards.
Three-time Pro Bowl TE Delanie Walker visited the #49ers recently, per source. Walker, 36, has been staying in shape for a potential return to NFL. Started career in San Fran in 2006, played there seven seasons.
— Jeremy Fowler (@JFowlerESPN) June 10, 2021
Delanie Walker saw his 2018 cut short in the very first game after suffering a dislocated ankle. He would return in 2019 and played in seven games before another ankle injury ended that season too.
Despite his age, which would make him one of the oldest tight ends in the league, he insists that he is still in NFL shape.
The 49ers will be the judge of that though.
Will Delanie Walker sign with the San Francisco 49ers, or any team this season?