5 stats to know about Chicago Bears free agent signing DeMarcus Walker

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2. DeMarcus Walker is a part-time player

If you had to pick a role for Walker to fill, it would probably be that of Al-Quadin Muhammad. By the end of the season, Muhammad did not actually start, as he was behind Dominique Robinson and Trevis Gipson. However, he played as much or more than them, because those two stayed on their sides, and Muhammad subbed in for both sides.

Walker could do similar and even play inside as we noted. Still, one huge question with Walker will be how much work can he handle. Since he was not winning over the Broncos coaches, he barely played early into his career. Even in the last two seasons he was a part-time player.

He played 427 snaps last season, and 458 the year before. Those are the most in his career. To put that into perspective Muhammad played 609 snaps last season, Trevis Gipson played 641, and rookie Dominique Robinson had 549 snaps. Walker has never hit that. Walker played over 40 snaps three times last season. Gipson did that eight times last year, and Muhammad hit that mark five times.

Even last season as a rotational edge behind Robert Quinn and Khalil Mack, Gipson had 489 snaps. Amongst Titans edge rushers he was fourth behind Denico Autry, Bud Dupree, and Rashad Weaver in snaps played.

They valued him and liked his role because of his versatility. Still, the Titans clearly saw Walker as a rotational role player at best and not a legitimate starter. Can Walker get full-time work, or will that be too much? Did they pay too much for a part-time player?