The Tennessee Titans lost another free agent to the Chicago Bears on Monday evening.
Defensive end DeMarcus Walker, who entered 2022 with the Titans with a career-high seven sacks, signed with the Bears nfl in free agency on Monday, according to a report from NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo. According to Garofolo’s report, the Bears will pay Walker $7 million over the next two seasons.
Walker played one season with the Houston Texans followed by a year with the Titans and four years with the Denver Broncos. He averaged only 12.5 sacks in his first five seasons before emerging as one of the Titans’ most effective pass rushers in the second half of 2022, filling in after injuries to Titans starters like Denico Autry.
Walker is the second former Titan to sign with the Bears on Monday. The Bears also reportedly signed guard Nate Davis, who started the past four years on the Titans’ offensive line.
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The Titans have several starters hitting free agency this offseason. In addition to players whose contracts were expiring like linebacker David Long and offensive linemen Nate Davis and Aaron Brewer, the Titans also decided to release Taylor LeVan, receiver Robert Woods, linebackers Zack Cunningham and Bud Dupree, center Ben Jones and offensive tackles Taylor LeVan. is expected. Kicker Randy Bullock.
By releasing those veterans, the Titans freed up nearly $50 million in cap space and put the team under the salary cap, giving the team the ninth most money available to spend for 2023.
Titans GM Ran Carthon is one of two first-year general managers in the league this season and inherits a seven-straight game losing streak to end the 2022 season, missing the playoffs for the first time since 2018 .
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Nick Sues is Titans Beat Writer for The Tennessean. Contact Nick at [email protected] Follow Nick on Twitter @nicksuss.
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