Friday, January 4, 2008
Guess Who Wants to Come Back to the Green & Gold
Former Packers receiver Javon Walker wants out of Denver, and you're never going to believe where he'd consider going.
Back to Green Bay.
Walker demanded a new contract after his breakout season of 2004, when he caught 89 passes for 1,382 yards and 12 touchdowns and earned a Pro Bowl berth, then missed the 2005 season with a torn ACL suffered in the regular-season opener. Saying he could never play for the Packers again because the team refused to renegotiate his deal, and because quarterback Brett Favre criticized him during his holdout, Walker got his wish when the Packers sent him to the Broncos on draft day 2006.
In a rambling group interview in front of his locker before his exit interview with Broncos coach Mike Shanahan, Walker, who missed most of the season with knee problems and caught 26 passes for 287 yards and no touchdowns, said Denver is not "the best fit for me" anymore. Walker is due to make about $7.5 million in salary and bonuses and has said he is unwilling to restructure his deal.
"Green Bay made me who I was for a team like (the Broncos) to want to bring me here," Walker said. "So, maybe it takes a team like that to go back."
Courtesy of Wisconsin Sports Writer of the Year, Jason Wilde from the Wisconsin State Journal: http://www.madison.com/wsj/home/sports/packers/265375