Erik Walden was signed by former GM Ryan Grigson back in 2013. He was one of many free agents that the former GM brought in to make a run at a title. Walden was average if not frustrating over his first three years with the team though.
But in his fourth year in 2016, he broke out. Walden led the team with a whopping 11 sacks from his outside linebacker position. He also added 3 forced fumbles and played in all 16 games with the team for the first time. He was a true pass-rushing menace.
Unfortunately, his first three years didn’t warrant them keeping him after that stellar season. In the 2015 season alone, Walden accumulated 7 penalties, with 4 of them being personal fouls. He was incredibly undisciplined and cost the team on multiple occasions.
Walden added 2 more personal foul penalties in that great season of 2016, and the Colts decided enough was enough. That talent wasn’t enough to ignore the clear discipline issues that he had. They let him walk and he signed with Tennesee.
That one year in Tennessee was the last year he was in the league. He was never able to fix his discipline problems and wasn’t able to produce at his 2016 level. No one wanted to deal with him anymore, and while he hasn’t officially retired, he won’t play again.
This last player is someone that everyone who follows the team right now should be extremely familiar with.