Tennessee Titans tight end Delanie Walker, who will turn 34 before the start of the 2018 season, has no plans on slowing down anytime soon.

But he also knows he won’t be able to play forever.

Walker, who has been named to three straight Pro-Bowls, wants to keep playing until there is someone “capable” of taking his spot.

So what’s the timetable on that look like for Walker?

Around four years, according to the former Central Missouri standout.

Walker doesn’t face an immediate threat from anyone currently on the Titans’ roster.

Tennessee selected Jonnu Smith in the third round of the 2017 NFL Draft, but it doesn’t seem like the Titans are grooming him to be their “tight end of the future”. They seem just fine with letting Walker be the guy as long as he’s productive.

Speaking of production, Walker didn’t feel like he did enough for the Titans last season.

Walker caught only three touchdowns in 2017, which is his lowest total in a Titans uniform.

It won’t be easy for Walker to score more touchdowns in 2018. Quarterback Marcus Mariota will have more options in the passing game, with Corey Davis expected to play a full season and the return of Tajae Sharpe.

There’s also off-season acquisition running back Dion Lewis who will likely be a big factor in the passing game.

Maybe Walker will be more productive in 2018, or maybe he’ll take a step back, statistically, because of the extra options around him.

Either way, the Titans should feel fortunate to have a top ten tight end on their roster.

It’s a luxury most teams don’t have.

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  1. I agree that Walker is one of the best TEs in football but I do worry about him aging. We may need a replacement sooner than 4 years.

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