In 23 games (one start) games played, Walker recorded 28 total tackles, 3.5 sacks, two passes defended and a pair of forced fumbles. His presence was indeed made as a solid backup on the team.
It’s a shame that Sean Payton, Mickey Loomis and company failed to tender the restricted free agent. According to Pro Football Focus, Tyrunn Walker had a +8.0 grade on 306 snaps, which was good for second among all of the Saints’ defensive linemen.
He’ll now join head coach Jim Caldwell and the Detroit Lions in Motor City, where he will likely be much more productive than he was in the Big Easy. With Ndamukong Suh joining the Miami Dolphins and Nick Fairley set to sign with a new team, Tyrunn Walker may be fighting for a starting role as a solid interior pass rusher. His contract is a one-year, $1.75 million deal with a $750,000 bonus.
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