Titans HOF candidates now and in the future

Tennessee Titans tight end Delanie Walker (82) gestures to the crowd against the Kansas City Chiefs.Photo: Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports

Mawae, Walker top prospects for Hall call

Retired

--Center Kevin Mawae. Mawae played just the final four years of his illustrious 16-year career with the Titans, but from the moment he arrived in 2006, it was easy to tell that Mawae was a player who was respected not only in the locker room, but all across the league. The classic old school "dirty" player, Mawae was the guy that teammates loved and opponents loved to hate.

When he arrived in 2006 in Tennessee, he was already 35 years old and was brought in as much to help lead a young locker room as much as he was to steady the offensive line at center. Mawae spent four years with the Titans, and during that time, he was a great technician and a very smart player in terms of making the line calls to help himself and his teammates have an edge against an opponent. At age 38 in his final season, he was part of a Titans offensive line that helped Chris Johnson rush for 2,006 yards that season. When the Titans elected to get younger at the position in 2009, they sorely missed Mawae's leadership and his smarts, as the center position became a revolving door until Ben Jones was signed in 2016.

Still playing

--When he joined the Titans in 2013, Delanie Walker hardly looked like a player who might someday be mentioned as a candidate for Canton. Walker had spent seven years with the 49ers and had not caught more than 29 passes in any season.

He came to the Titans and after six years has not caught less than 60 passes. Still playing at a high level as he approaches age 34, Walker just this week signed a two-year extension that should keep him a Titan through 2020. He had his best year in 2015, grabbing 94 passes for 1,088 yards and six touchdowns. If he continues to defy Father Time and put up numbers close to what he has averaged during his five years in Tennessee, Walker could end up with close to 700 career catches and about 8,000 yards receiving by the time he plays to the end of his recently extended contract.

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