Part of the reason Jared Cook no longer is with the Tennessee Titans is because there was some question as to whether he was a tight end or a wide receover.
Part of the reason Delanie Walker was signed Tuesday to replace Cook is that he has done both — and more.
ESPN reported that the Titans agreed to a deal with Walker early in the free agent signing period. Walker, 28, spent seven seasons as tight end with the San Francisco 49ers and was a wide receiver in college.
Walker caught 21 passes for a career-high 344 yards with three touchdowns in 2012, when San Francisco made it all the way to the Super Bowl. Six of his eight career touchdown receptions have come in the last two seasons as have 40 of his 123 career receptions.
Cook, who became an unrestricted free agent Tuesday, caught 131 passes with eight touchdowns in four seasons with Tennessee. The Titans elected last week not to use the franchise tag on him when it became clear that, among other things, he planned to dispute the value of the franchise tag based on how he was used.
Walker (6-foot, 242 pounds) is renowned as a better blocker than a receiver but also is versatile enough that he has run the ball 11 times in his career. He has fumbled six times in the past four seasons and spent the bulk of his time with San Francisco, which signed him as an undrafted free agent out of Central Missouri State, as a second option behind Vernon Davis.
He played two seasons at Central Missouri State (2004-05) and finished among the school’s all-time leaders in receptions, receiving yards and all-purpose yards.