REPORT: Packers have expressed interest in signing TE Delanie Walker

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The Green Bay Packers made the decision to release veteran tight end Jimmy Graham before the start of NFL free agency. Rumors connected them to free agent tight end Austin Hooper, but he quickly signed with the Cleveland Browns. Now, the Packers may have their eyes on another veteran tight end.

According to a report from ESPN’s John Keim, the Packers have expressed interest in signing veteran free agent tight end Delanie Walker.

Walker would be an intriguing target for the Packers. At 35 years old, he would be another gamble on a veteran tight end. He has also had some health issues over the last couple of years.

Last season with the Tennessee Titans, Walker only played in seven games. The year before, he was only able to play in one game. His health is absolutely a concern and could drive down his price to make him a low-risk, high-reward type of signing for the Packers.

Back in 2017 in his last full season played, Walker caught 74 passes for 807 yards and three touchdowns. He has top-notch athleticism for a tight end, even though he is a bit undersized at 6-foot.

Green Bay could do a lot worse than signing Walker this offseason. If he can stay healthy, there is no question that he would be an upgrade over what Graham provided the Packers with last season.

Expect to hear quite a few more rumors about the Packers in the coming days. Walker may not end up signing with Green Bay, but he is certainly a great target for Brian Gutekunst and company.