Titans Release TE Delanie Walker, Kicker Ryan Succop


NASHVILLE – The Titans on Friday released two more veterans – tight end Delanie Walker, and veteran kicker Ryan Succop.

The moves come one day after the team parted ways with veteran outside linebacker Cameron Wake and running back Dion Lewis.

Walker had "failed physical" attached to his designation.

"Over the last two days I have had the difficult task of informing a number of our players they are being released," Titans General Manager Jon Robinson said. "These aren't easy conversations, but I want to thank each of them for the significant contributions they have made to our organization both on and off the field. They each played a part in our success last year in ways big and small.

"In particular, I would like to address Delanie Walker and his impact," Robinson continued. "In my time here with Delanie, he has been an absolute pro on the field, in the locker room, and his production speaks for itself. He was a leader, a captain, and a highly respected member of this team. His toughness, competitiveness, attitude and professionalism are what we expect from our players. I want to wish him all of the best moving forward and he will forever be a Titan great."

A look back at tight end Delanie Walker's seven seasons in Tennessee. (AP Photos)

Walker was a real gem in Tennessee.

After joining the Titans in 2013, Walker's first five seasons in Tennessee resulted in arguably the best five-year stretch in franchise history by a player at his position. From 2013-2018, Walker's 356 receptions and 4,156 receiving yards (to go with 26 touchdowns) set a franchise high for a tight end in any consecutive five-year period. His reception total during that time span led all NFL tight ends and his yardage total ranked third among all NFL tight ends.

In 2015, he set the single-season franchise records among tight ends with 94 receptions and 1,088 receiving yards, leading to his first career Pro Bowl invitation.

Walker, who struggled health-wise during the 2019 season with the ankle he had surgery on in 2018, ended up playing in seven games in 2019. He finished the season with 21 catches for 215 yards and two touchdowns and was inactive for four games leading up to him being placed on Injured Reserve.

In his 14-year playing career, Walker has 504 catches for 5,888 yards and 36 touchdowns. He played in three Pro Bowls in his seven seasons with the Titans.

In December, Walker told Titans Online he wants to return and play football in 2020 when he's healthy.

"My time in Nashville has far exceeded any expectations I had when signing with the Titans," Walker said in a statement posted on social media on Friday afternoon. "I knew I was coming into an organization with a goal of helping to rebuild a culture, bring leadership to a locker room and set a standard of winning for the Tennessee Titans. In my seven seasons here I am proud of the work we've done to achieve those goals. For every hard-fought catch or last-minute comeback win, I'll also remember each and every person that made my time here special.

"My teammates, my coaches, Titans fans, the entire organization, Miss Amy and everyone who supported my work with the Delanie Walker Gives Back Foundation—thank you," Walker continued. "I'll look back at my time with the Titans with gratitude for not only my time on the field, but the people in our great community of Nashville. Thank you for inspiring me to give my all to this team—I did it for you." #TitanUp

Titans Online looks back at kicker Ryan Succop's six seasons in Tennessee. (AP Photos)

Succop, who finished the 2019 season on Injured Reserve because of a knee injury, made just 1-of-6 kicks for the Titans last season after converting 26-of-30 (86.7 percent) kicks for the Titans in 2018.

Succop is 236-of-287 (82.2 percent) during his 11-year NFL career. He joined the Titans in 2014 after spending his first five NFL seasons with the Kansas City Chiefs.

Succop set at NFL record by connecting on 56 consecutive field goals from inside 50 yards from 2014-17. His 91.7 percent success rate in 2016 qualified as the third highest in Titans history.

"So thankful for the last six seasons here in Tennessee!," Succop said in a statement he posted on social media. "The Lord has blessed my career and time here in ways I could never have imagined. I'm grateful for all the friendships formed and memories made on and off the field. My children were born here and Nashville will always have a special place in our hearts. We are proud to call Nashville home. My family and I are grateful for the support from Titans fans throughout the years! Y'all are incredible! Although this past season was tough personally, I am excited for what the Lord has in store for me and my family, and I'm looking forward to coming back strong! Love y'all! God bless."

Greg Joseph ended the 2019 season as the team's kicker, and he remains under contract for 2020. Joseph made his only field goal attempt last season in the team's AFC Championship Game against the Chiefs, and he was a perfect 18-of-18, including playoffs, on his extra point attempts.

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