Erik Walden Brings Double Digit Sacks
A double digit sack producer in 2016 for the division rival Colts, Walden has been one of the top free agents remaining on the market prior to Thursday’s signing.
The old saying is “you can never have enough pass rushers” which makes sense in this day and age in then NFL, but what does it really mean for the Titans?
Derrick Morgan and Brian Orakpo are the starters at outside linebacker, but behind them are question marks.
Kevin Dodd was drafted to fill one or those backup roles, but spent the majority of his rookie season injured and provided little impact.
The Titans added Josh Carraway in the seventh round of this season’s draft to add depth to the position. He is a bit of a project and could need a year on the practice squad to develop into a potential contributor for the Titans.
Enter Walden, a proven veteran who can get to the quarterback.
On its face the signing is a sound one to add insurance and production behind the starters.
It also could mean that if Dodd returns healthy and is ready to play that the Titans have a potent pair to spell the starters.
It could also serve as a wake up call for Dodd from the Titans front office.
There is no doubt the Titans want Dodd healthy and on the field to see what he can do, but Dodd is still a question mark entering camp. It is hard to see how this signing means Dodd is on notice, but it does say that the Titans aren’t sitting still and waiting.
Dodd’s status will be the biggest topic on day one.