Delanie Walker said in March that he wants to play in 2021 after spending the 2020 campaign out of football amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
The veteran tight end had a workout with the San Francisco 49ers in June but still remains a free agent. He believes that will change in the weeks ahead.
Walker told ESPN's Turron Davenport during a podcast appearance that he wants to play for a Super Bowl contender in order to pursue a championship. However, he's not sure he'll get a chance with a team in that position but is confident that someone will come knocking before or during training camp.
"My goal is just to try and get in the best shape I can possibly get in because I know that opportunity is going to come where someone is going to need a tight end for training camp, and that's where my opportunity is going to come," Walker said, as transcribed by Pro Football talk. "But for right now, I couldn't tell you who I will be playing for or what teams are looking at me. They talk to me, but at the end of the day I feel like they think that the ankle is a problem, and my age, so teams are really not trying to give me a good deal I feel like. We'll see what happens in a time of need, when they really need a tight end."
The 36-year-old was limited to just eight games over the 2018 and 2019 seasons due to injury. He told Davenport that he has not experienced any complications with his health recently and is looking forward to getting back on the field.
Walker, a three-time Pro Bowler, has spent his 14-year career split between the San Francisco 49ers and Tennessee Titans. He has 504 catches for 5,888 yards and 36 touchdowns in 183 games.