Delanie Walker could be getting a chance to start elsewhere

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The Ravens won the Super Bowl, and their ultimate reward may be the loss of more than a few free agents.  The 49ers finished second, but they’ll likely endure far less roster turmoil and turnover in 2013.

The list of potential free agents, as broken down by Eric Branch of the San Francisco Chronicle, is led by tight end Delanie Walker.

A receiver at Central Missouri, Walker shifted to tight end at the NFL level but has languished in the long shadow of Vernon Davis.  Another team could see Walker as the starter — and that team could be willing to pay Walker accordingly.

Other potential free agents include safety Dashon Goldson (who wants a long-term deal after spending a season under the franchise tag, and could indeed get it), receiver Randy Moss, nose tackle Isaac Sopoaga, nose tackle Ricky Jean Francois, and receiver Ted Ginn.

Still, most of the core of the team will be back on both sides of the ball, unless the 49ers opt to make changes.

22 responses to “Delanie Walker could be getting a chance to start elsewhere

  1. I like Delanie Walker and I’d hate to see him leave, but I don’t think he’d be a great starter anywhere. Great blocker and very versatile but drops way too many passes and isn’t really a big play threat.

  2. Goldson will probably be retained. Same goes for Sopoaga, I can’t see them letting him walk. Moss will either retire or end up with another team that’s close to making the Superbowl. Ginn will get signed by another team, probably pretty quickly too. I can see Walker being scooped up as soon as free agency starts.

  3. It is a last year for Randy Moss before he retires and he wants a Superbowl Ring.. He will sign with 49ers; i guess he is playing hard ball to get more money out of 49ers. Once 49ers add some good vertical threat reciever like Wallace or dwain Bowe or may be victor cruz, will make Randy moss a great threat for other teams and teams will not be able to double team three recievers at a time.

  4. Good riddance to Walker if somebody wants to pay him. He was the drop king we can draft somebody for less or pickup a vet with better hands. Hopefully we can resign Goldson and Issac for a legit price. But Ricky, Moss and Ginn will not be brought back maybe Ginn but the other two I don’t think so but that’s just my opinion

  5. Moss and Ginn are gone and easy to place via draft and free agency. Walker has been prone to drops cost us a game this season and as a receiver was invisible in the post season but for a number 2 TE i can deal with . Sopoaga I’m still not sure about after Smith got hurt he really never stepped up I think we could use upgrades along the DL.

  6. Please stay walker!! Sopoaga is key too, and needs to stay. I really hope they package some of those draft picks and try to snag the best CB in the draft. Or go real big and go for the stud, 320 pound NT , Star Lotulelei in the top 5

  7. I wouldnt mind seeing Walker in a Rams uniform,since hes from Missouri.Him and Kendricks would make a great TE combo.

  8. I hope he stays for the team’s sake and for his. He isn’t a guy you put on the line to handle DE’s. He’s a guy you put in motion to outflank the defense, to get good wham blocks inside, and to get a mismatch on a LB. I think SF gives him his best opportunity and I know the fans would love to keep him here.

  9. I wonder if BB has his eye on Walker even though Ballard may be able to contribute this coming year? If he can wham block he’s a better fit than Hernandez for run blocking if Gronk is unavailable. Neither of the Pats top 2 TEs can stay healthy all year and one problem the Pats had is despite all their billions of backup TE signings, no one else could even do two things those guys do well.

  10. Every one of the players mentioned will NOT be signed. And I agree in full. Walker is versatile BUT VERY prone to drops as a receiving TE. Ginn, Moss, etc., the team will move on from and improve through the draft or current roster members.

    #alwaysgetbetter

  11. Walker is barely six feet tall and had a bad case of the drops. Nobody is going to offer him a starting job with these two strikes against him. As a backup tight end and good special teamer is where his value lies and that is why SF is still the best place for him.
    Also, Ginn has next to no free agent value as a WR. He found that out last year when Detroit said no thanks.

  12. Too bad y’all lost how does it feel knowing little brother can’t beat big brother and btw ravens Super Bowl 47 champs

  13. Moss, gone. He was a serviceable mentor for a maturing Crabtree and only thing Crab needs now is a true 2nd receiver to take some pressure off him.

    Ginn, gone. Some team will have the ill conceived notion that Ginn is a 1 or 2 WR. You’ll always find those teams, especially Raiders.

    Sopoaga, gone. He’s not the gap clogging NT a 3-4 defense needs and not enough of a DE when Niners run the Nickel.

    RJ Francois, likely will return because he won’t have better offers out there.

    That leaves Goldson. He will get a good offer, but if Niners feel he wants to explore the market, they’ll tag him again. He will be back next year.

  14. Ofcourse another team would offer him a starting job!! I still to this day,have never seen another tight end return a kickoff for a td.. He is entering his prime and is fast,learned how to block well and just went to the Superbowl!! If we don’t pay him starter $ he is gone.. I think we draft his replacement in the top 3 rounds if he’s not signed.

  15. Ricky-Jean is cheaper than Sopoaga, younger than him too. Keeping him is my prediction, especially since the NT is on the field roughly 1/3 of the time in our defense with how often we’re in nickel and dime packages

  16. The kid can block, catch and has some decent wheels for his size.

    If Tampa can’t land Martellus Bennett or are NOT targeting Eifert for the first round (13th pick), I think Walker would be a decent consolation prize.

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