Delanie Walker signed a four-year contract with the Tennessee Titans this offseason so he could be a No. 1 tight end.
The former 49ers pass-catcher was ready to be a featured player in the prime years of his NFL career.
Now that he's with the Titans, Walker feelts good about the move. He's looking forward to Sunday's matchup with his former team. There's no hard feelings at all.
"I think we're going to talk and laugh before the game," Walker said. "But you know how it is when the pads go on and the whistle goes."
Walker even remarked he missed the Bay Area media.
"Of course I missed y'all," he said.
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Walker, an 8-year veteran, was a major contributor during his time in San Francisco, but he was also the team’s second option at the tight end position behind close friend
"I felt like learning behind Vernon was a good opportunity for me to see what he did, blocking-wise, and that's why I developed," Walker said. "I felt like it was good for me to break off and have my own identity."
Walker caught 123 passes for 1,465 receiving yards with eight touchdown catches in his seven seasons with the 49ers.
Now in Tennessee, Walker is third on the Titans in catches (20), receiving yards (185) and is tied for the team lead in receiving touchdowns (2).
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"They put in plays for me to get the ball to try and make plays," Walker said. "That's all I asked for and that's why I'm here."
Walker has caught four passes in each of Tennessee’s previous two games, both losses.
Walker will now have to play his former defensive teammates and help the Titans end a two-game losing streak.
"They play fast," Walker said of his former team. "They like to hit. I've been watching film on them and they look like the same fast defense like they always were."
Walker wasn't sure how the 49ers would defend him on Sunday, but he expects
"I know he's coming off the injury, we'll see," Walker said. "I'm never sure what teams are going to do. Sometimes they try to put a DB on me, sometimes they try to use a linebacker.
"He's a great linebacker and I'm pretty sure they'll try and match us up."
If Walker is matched up against rookie safety
"He's trying to become the second Whitner, or 'The Hitner,'" Walker said with a laugh. "I can't wait to get out there and play against him."
Walker said he felt at peace with his decision to leave the Bay Area.
"I'm getting the opportunity that I want," Walker said, noting he's pleased with his growing role on Tennessee's offense. "I think I'm going to have more receptions and bigger games."
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