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this is a discussion within the Saints Community Forum; The New Orleans Saints have eight remaining players scheduled to become unrestricted free agents on March 10, plus three restricted free agents. Here’s a breakdown on RFA defensive lineman Tyrunn Walker: Age: Turns 25 in March Experience: Heading into 4th ...

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Old 03-02-2015, 10:21 AM   #1
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Restricted free agent spotlight: DL Tyrunn Walker

The New Orleans Saints have eight remaining players scheduled to become unrestricted free agents on March 10, plus three restricted free agents. Here’s a breakdown on RFA defensive lineman Tyrunn Walker:

Age: Turns 25 in March
Experience: Heading into 4th season
Height: 6-3
Weight: 294

Outlook: There’s a strong chance the Saints will want Walker back -- though it’s possible they’ll seek a more salary-cap friendly deal than the RFA tender (which will cost at least $1.5 million with no draft-pick compensation).

Walker has been a nice, solid backup for the Saints, with his role expanding each year since he joined them as an undrafted free agent out of Tulsa in 2012. He’s decent as both a pass-rusher and run defender and versatile enough to play both 3-4 end and nose tackle. He played in all 16 games for the first time last season, averaging 18 snaps per game, and finished with career highs of 19 tackles, 2.5 sacks and a forced fumble.

Walker had a sneaky-good grade last year according to Pro Football Focus (ranking 21st among 81 eligible defensive tackles). He popped up on my film studies with a handful of big plays throughout the year, including a sack-fumble against San Francisco, helping to force Junior Galette’s sack-fumble at Carolina and helping to set the tone early with a good pass rush push at Pittsburgh.

I wouldn't project a major breakthrough or a full-time starting gig in Walker’s near future. He’s been more decent than dynamic, and the Saints’ pass rush went quiet far too often last year even when he was on the field. However, Walker is still a young player who has shown improvement each year so far -- a good trajectory to be on.

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Old 03-02-2015, 11:17 AM   #2
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I'd keep Walker in place of Bunkley
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Reliable but unimpressive. We need better.
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Old 03-02-2015, 05:33 PM   #4
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best bang for the buck baby.

last year he was tops in the middle. he was the only bull rusher we had. not like he much to be measured against. keep him. solid number 3 for now
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Reliable but unimpressive. We need better.
Nah! He is exactly the type of player we need in the bottom half o fthe roster.
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Old 03-02-2015, 05:45 PM   #6
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Great depth... Glenn Foster looked really good too his rookie season. If we can just keep these two healthy then that will help our D-Line so much.
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Old 03-03-2015, 02:13 PM   #7
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Yep. Great depth. Still need the 2013 Jordan/Hicks combo and a bad azz OLB
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Old 03-06-2015, 08:52 AM   #8
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Here's one that'll make some people shake their heads:


Risky move letting him hit free agency. I know he's not a great player but he's good enough to try to hold on to.
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Here's one that'll make some people shake their heads:

https://twitter.com/miketriplett/sta...36244381208576

Risky move letting him hit free agency. I know he's not a great player but he's good enough to try to hold on to.
Shaking my head...

Just with the moves made so far including coaching staff I give the offseason an F. Long way to go but not signing Walker is a poor move, reminds me of Tom Johnson last year.

As long as we have Vitt and Bill Johnson we're good tho...
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I really like Walker. Limited playing time and he always looked good. Great power and solid speed. Surprised he didn't play more.
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