TE Delanie Walker
- Dead money, if released: $1.666 million
- Cap savings, if released: $6.418 million
Walker is one of the Titans’ all-time best players. There’s no denying that.
But unless the Titans are deeply convinced, based on tangible evidence, that Walker still has something left in the tank at age 36, keeping him would seem to be based merely on nostalgic value.
Due to injuries, Walker played in a total of eight games from 2018-2019, starting a mere five. He caught just 25 passes during that span.
When he was healthy in 2019, Walker wasn’t even a focal point of the Titans’ offense. When he wasn’t healthy, fellow tight ends Jonnu Smith and Anthony Firkser were just fine in his stead.
Especially with Smith and Firkser being in the final years of their respective contract situations, the Titans should let them take the reigns at the TE spot.
In his prime, which happened to come in his early 30s, Walker was a dominant force.
Due to injuries and age, though, he’s just not the same guy, anymore. The Titans would save a good chunk of cap space by admitting that.
OLB Cameron Wake
- Dead money, if released: $2.666 million
- Cap savings, if released: $5.588 million
In his first year as a Titan in 2019 at the ripe age of 37, Wake was not able to be a consistent impact player.
He burst onto the scene with a multi-sack game in Week One, but his production trailed off drastically beyond that point.
Ultimately, due to injury, Wake played in just nine games.
When the Titans signed Wake last year, they structured his three-year contract so that it could be pretty easily voidable after just one year. Taking advantage of that would be a good way to clear up cap space.
If the Titans were to keep Wake in the fold for his age-38 season, it would be fair to wonder if he’d even come close to contributing at a level worthy of his more than $8 million cap hit.
Wake is an older player coming off of an injury-riddled season in which he wasn’t that productive while healthy. That’s not a great combination from the Titans’ perspective.
Cover image: Isaiah J. Downing