If the Tennessee Titans had signed Kevin Walter to a one-year deal four years ago I would have called it a great move, however the ex-Houston Texan does not serve much of a purpose for any NFL team. Walter spent seven years with the Texans and missed a total of three games, so the consistency factor is definitely something noteworthy.
Houston’s pass offense is dominated by Andre Johnson as the Texans refuse to surround him with anyone who can be a legitimate No. 2 wide receiver. The former seventh-round pick was drafted by the Cincinnati Bengals, but made a minimal impact with them prior to being acquired by the Texans. 2008 was by far Walter’s best campaign with a career-high 899 yards and eight touchdowns — since that season Walter has been average at best.
Father time has not been kind to Walter as he has fallen short of that 2008 mountaintop and hauled in 41 balls with only two of them resulting in touchdowns in 2012. The Titans wide receiving core is headlined by Kenny Britt who is effective when he is on the field, but he has missed 15 games in the last two seasons combined. With Britt’s off the field issues and Kendall Wright‘s youthful nature, the Titans needed someone who they know could stay healthy and perform when called upon.
With Jake Locker at quarterback the Titans are definitely in a rebuilding phase, so Walter will surely be a stop gap guy whose biggest asset is availability. Nate Washington is the only other wide out who scares you on this team as he was a 1,000 yard receiver in 2011.
One thing is for certain, emotions will be high when Walter squares off against the Texans twice in 2013 and his return to Reliant Stadium is must watch television.