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Erik Walden
OLB #93
Height:
6-2
Weight:
250
Age:
32
College:
Middle Tennessee State
Hometown:
Dublin, Ga.
Experience:
10

Quick Stats (2017):

TCKL
26
SCK
4.0
FF
0
INT
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Biography

 
PRO: The Titans signed Erik Walden late in the 2017 offseason to bolster their pass rush and provide experience and production at outside linebacker.  The 6-foot-2-inch, 250-pounder arrived in Tennessee coming off an 11-sack campaign with the Indianapolis Colts in 2016.  The 10th-year veteran was originally selected by the Dallas Cowboys in the 2008 NFL Draft and has also spent time with the Kansas City Chiefs, Miami Dolphins, and Green Bay Packers.  The Middle Tennessee State product has big-game experience having played in 12 career postseason contests, while also winning a Super Bowl title with the Packers in 2010.  

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS:
•    In 2016, Walden led the Colts and set a career best with 11 sacks, his first career double-digit sack season.
•    In 2012, Walden played in 15 games for the Packers and tallied 69 tackles, three sacks and his first two career interceptions.
•    In 2011, Walden became a full-time starter for the first time in his career, opening the first 15 games at outside linebacker for the Packers and posting a career-high 86 tackles to go along with three sacks, two passes defensed and a fumble recovery that he returned for his first career touchdown.

TITANS TIDBITS:  
•     Walden, a two-time All-Sun Belt Conference selection at Middle Tennessee State, finished his career as the school’s all-time sack leader with 22.5 sacks and set the school’s single-season mark with 11.5 sacks as a junior in 2006.
•     Walden took advantage of his second career starting assignment late in 2010 campaign, earning NFC Defensive Player of the Week honors for his Week 17 performance against Chicago when he recorded a career-high three sacks and a career-best 16 tackles.

CAREER TRANSACTIONS:  
•     The Dublin, Ga., native was originally selected by the Dallas Cowboys in the sixth round (167th overall) of the 2008 NFL Draft.
•     Waived by the Cowboys on Aug. 30, 2008.
•     Claimed off waivers by the Kansas City Chiefs on Aug. 31, 2008.
•     Waived by the Chiefs on Nov. 18, 2008.
•     Claimed off waivers by the Miami Dolphins on Nov. 19, 2008.
•     Waived by the Dolphins on Sept. 4, 2010.
•     Signed by the Dolphins as a free agent on Sept. 13, 2010.
•     Released by the Dolphins on Sept. 28, 2010.
•     Signed by the Green Bay Packers as a free agent on Oct. 27, 2010.
•     Signed by the Indianapolis Colts as an unrestricted free agent on March 13, 2013.
•     Signed by the Titans as a free agent on July 28, 2017.

COLLEGE:
•     Was a two-time All-Sun Belt Conference selection at defensive end at Middle Tennessee State who finished his career as the school’s all-time sack leader with 22.5 sacks.
•     Played in 44 games with 34 starts and posted 152 tackles, including 40 for loss, one interception, five forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries and four passes defensed.
•     As a senior (2007), voted a First Team All-Sun Belt selection by the league’s coaches and media.  Played in 10 games with nine starts, missing two contests with an injury, and recorded 46 tackles, including 8.5 tackles for loss, two sacks, an interception, one forced fumble, two passes defensed and a safety.
•     As a junior (2006), named first team All-Sun Belt, starting 13 games and setting a single-season school record with 11.5 sacks. The sack total ranked No. 10 nationally.  Totaled a career-high 48 tackles, including 14.5 for loss, plus three forced fumbles and a recovery.
•     As a sophomore (2005), played in 11 games with starts at two different positions (five at defensive end, three at linebacker) and posted 33 tackles, including 8.5 tackles for loss, three sacks, two passes defensed and a forced fumble.
•     As a freshman (2004), played in 10 games with four starts, leading the team with six sacks and tying for the team lead with 8.5 tackles for loss.  Had 25 tackles and one forced fumble.
•    Graduated from Middle Tennessee State with a degree in physical education.

PERSONAL:  
•    Named an Associated Press first-team choice as a senior after leading Dublin (Ga.) High School to a 14-1 record in 2002 and a berth in the state title game.
•     Was a Macon Telegraph First Team All-Middle Georgia selection and the Courier-Herald Heart of Georgia Defensive Player of the Year.
•     Had 97 tackles and a school-record 19.0 sacks as a senior, plus 11 additional tackles for loss, two fumble recoveries and an interception.
•     Also played running back, posting 837 yards of total offense, averaging 6.6 yards per carry and scoring 12 touchdowns (eight rushing, four receiving).
•     Lettered in football, basketball and track, and was an all-state selection on the hardwood following both his junior and senior seasons.
•    Follow Walden on Twitter at @E_Ninety3.
•    Follow Walden on Instagram at @erikwalden_9tre.
•    Born Erik Lashawn Walden on Aug. 21, 1985 in Dublin, Ga.
 
PRO: The Titans signed Erik Walden late in the 2017 offseason to bolster their pass rush and provide experience and production at outside linebacker.  The 6-foot-2-inch, 250-pounder arrived in Tennessee coming off an 11-sack campaign with the Indianapolis Colts in 2016.  The 10th-year veteran was originally selected by the Dallas Cowboys in the 2008 NFL Draft and has also spent time with the Kansas City Chiefs, Miami Dolphins, and Green Bay Packers.  The Middle Tennessee State product has big-game experience having played in 12 career postseason contests, while also winning a Super Bowl title with the Packers in 2010.  

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS:
•    In 2016, Walden led the Colts and set a career best with 11 sacks, his first career double-digit sack season.
•    In 2012, Walden played in 15 games for the Packers and tallied 69 tackles, three sacks and his first two career interceptions.
•    In 2011, Walden became a full-time starter for the first time in his career, opening the first 15 games at outside linebacker for the Packers and posting a career-high 86 tackles to go along with three sacks, two passes defensed and a fumble recovery that he returned for his first career touchdown.

TITANS TIDBITS:  
•     Walden, a two-time All-Sun Belt Conference selection at Middle Tennessee State, finished his career as the school’s all-time sack leader with 22.5 sacks and set the school’s single-season mark with 11.5 sacks as a junior in 2006.
•     Walden took advantage of his second career starting assignment late in 2010 campaign, earning NFC Defensive Player of the Week honors for his Week 17 performance against Chicago when he recorded a career-high three sacks and a career-best 16 tackles.

CAREER TRANSACTIONS:  
•     The Dublin, Ga., native was originally selected by the Dallas Cowboys in the sixth round (167th overall) of the 2008 NFL Draft.
•     Waived by the Cowboys on Aug. 30, 2008.
•     Claimed off waivers by the Kansas City Chiefs on Aug. 31, 2008.
•     Waived by the Chiefs on Nov. 18, 2008.
•     Claimed off waivers by the Miami Dolphins on Nov. 19, 2008.
•     Waived by the Dolphins on Sept. 4, 2010.
•     Signed by the Dolphins as a free agent on Sept. 13, 2010.
•     Released by the Dolphins on Sept. 28, 2010.
•     Signed by the Green Bay Packers as a free agent on Oct. 27, 2010.
•     Signed by the Indianapolis Colts as an unrestricted free agent on March 13, 2013.
•     Signed by the Titans as a free agent on July 28, 2017.

COLLEGE:
•     Was a two-time All-Sun Belt Conference selection at defensive end at Middle Tennessee State who finished his career as the school’s all-time sack leader with 22.5 sacks.
•     Played in 44 games with 34 starts and posted 152 tackles, including 40 for loss, one interception, five forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries and four passes defensed.
•     As a senior (2007), voted a First Team All-Sun Belt selection by the league’s coaches and media.  Played in 10 games with nine starts, missing two contests with an injury, and recorded 46 tackles, including 8.5 tackles for loss, two sacks, an interception, one forced fumble, two passes defensed and a safety.
•     As a junior (2006), named first team All-Sun Belt, starting 13 games and setting a single-season school record with 11.5 sacks. The sack total ranked No. 10 nationally.  Totaled a career-high 48 tackles, including 14.5 for loss, plus three forced fumbles and a recovery.
•     As a sophomore (2005), played in 11 games with starts at two different positions (five at defensive end, three at linebacker) and posted 33 tackles, including 8.5 tackles for loss, three sacks, two passes defensed and a forced fumble.
•     As a freshman (2004), played in 10 games with four starts, leading the team with six sacks and tying for the team lead with 8.5 tackles for loss.  Had 25 tackles and one forced fumble.
•    Graduated from Middle Tennessee State with a degree in physical education.

PERSONAL:  
•    Named an Associated Press first-team choice as a senior after leading Dublin (Ga.) High School to a 14-1 record in 2002 and a berth in the state title game.
•     Was a Macon Telegraph First Team All-Middle Georgia selection and the Courier-Herald Heart of Georgia Defensive Player of the Year.
•     Had 97 tackles and a school-record 19.0 sacks as a senior, plus 11 additional tackles for loss, two fumble recoveries and an interception.
•     Also played running back, posting 837 yards of total offense, averaging 6.6 yards per carry and scoring 12 touchdowns (eight rushing, four receiving).
•     Lettered in football, basketball and track, and was an all-state selection on the hardwood following both his junior and senior seasons.
•    Follow Walden on Twitter at @E_Ninety3.
•    Follow Walden on Instagram at @erikwalden_9tre.
•    Born Erik Lashawn Walden on Aug. 21, 1985 in Dublin, Ga.
 
Career Stats
SeasonTeamGamesTacklesInterceptionsFumbles
GGSTotalSoloAstSckSFTYPDefIntYdsAvgLngTDsFFFR
TOTAL 346 239 107 36.0 0 10 2 22 -- 20 0 7 3
2017 TEN 13 1 26 20 6 4.0 -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 0 1
2016 IND 16 16 42 31 11 11.0 -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 3 --
2015 IND 15 15 42 28 14 3.0 -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 1 --
2014 IND 15 14 37 25 12 6.0 -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 1 --
2013 IND 15 15 45 26 19 3.0 -- 3 -- -- -- -- -- 1 1
2012 GB 15 9 46 27 19 3.0 -- 4 2 22 11 20 0 0 --
2011 GB 16 15 60 41 19 3.0 0 2 -- -- -- -- -- 1 1
2010 GB 9 2 25 21 4 3.0 -- 1 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --
2010 MIA 2 0 0 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2009 MIA 11 0 8 7 1 0.0 -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --
2008 MIA 6 0 5 4 1 0.0 -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --
2008 KC 9 0 10 9 1 0.0 -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --
Recent Games
WKOppResultTacklesInterceptionsFumbles
TotalSoloAstSckSFTYPDefIntYdsAvgLngTDsFFFR
1 OAK L 16-26 2 2 0 0.0 -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --
2 @JAX W 37-16 0 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- 1
3 SEA W 33-27 2 2 0 1.0 -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --
4 @HOU L 14-57 3 2 1 0.0 -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --
5 @MIA L 10-16 2 0 2 0.0 -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --
6 IND W 36-22 2 2 0 0.0 -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --
7 @CLE W 12-9 0 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
9 BAL W 23-20 2 1 1 0.0 -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --
10 CIN W 24-20 2 1 1 0.0 -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --
11 @PIT L 17-40 2 2 0 1.0 -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --
12 @IND W 20-16 3 2 1 1.0 -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --
13 HOU W 24-13 2 2 0 0.0 -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --
14 @ARI L 7-12 4 4 0 1.0 -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --

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