Kevin Walter will join the Tennessee Titans in 2013, after spending the last seven seasons of his career with the Houston Texans. Walter became expendable to Houston this offseason, and the Titans didn’t wait long to pick him up on the free agent market.
If there’s one thing the Titans don’t have a shortage of, it’s wide receivers. It’s not like the position was thin in 2012, but now there’s definitely no shortage of pass-catchers for quarterback Jake Locker this year. Walter is going to be the veteran of the group, as he’ll now being going into his 11th NFL season.
It’s too early to predict exactly what Walter’s role on the team will be, and if he will even have one at all. Rumors have been swirling for months now that the team might drop Nate Washington, so there’s a real possibility that he, or Walter may not even make the roster. If Washington proves he’s just too valuable to let go, Walter could be the odd man out.
I doubt that’s the case, but when you’re talking about a soon to be 32-year old receiver, there are no guarantees of a roster spot. If he does end up on the final 53-man, I expect to see him play a limited role. His production has been on the decline for the last couple of years, and I just don’t see him amassing more than 300-400 yards in 2013.
There’s always something to be said for veteran leadership, and Walter can no doubt provide that for this Titans squad, but outside of that and a few hundred yards, fans shouldn’t expect a whole lot more.
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