Bears Get Darwin Walker from Bills

It was assumed that second-year pro Dusty Dvoracek would be handed the starting job at defensive tackle vacated by the release of Tank Johnson, but that may not be the case anymore. Veteran Darwin Walker, who had recently been traded from the Eagles to the Bills but threatened not to report to Buffalo, was dealt to the Bears on Sunday for an undisclosed draft pick.

Per the Chicago Bears:

LAKE FOREST, IL — The Chicago Bears acquired veteran defensive tackle Darwin Walker from the Buffalo Bills today in exchange for an undisclosed pick in the 2008 NFL Draft.

Originally drafted by the Arizona Cardinals in the third round (71st overall) of the 2000 NFL Draft, the University of Tennessee product ranks tied for fifth in the NFL among defensive tackles with 26.5 sacks since 2002. Entering his eighth NFL season, Walker has started 75 of 88 career games played mostly with the Philadelphia Eagles after being claimed off waivers from the Cardinals in 2000. Last season, the Walterboro, South Carolina native started 15 of 16 regular season games played for the Eagles at right defensive tackle. In 2006, he tied for second on the Eagles roster and tied for sixth in the NFL among defensive tackles with 6.0 sacks. He added 56 tackles last season with four QB hurries and his first career interception.

For his career Walker has compiled 264 tackles (142 solo tackles) with 27.5 sacks and 71 QB hurries. Walker was acquired by the Bills on March 26, 2007 in a trade with the Eagles.

JC's Take: This tells us a little more about how Dusty Dvoracek, Anthony Adams, and Antonio Garay look in training camp so far. This move should not come as a total shock because Walker is a very good player who comes to Chicago fairly inexpensively, but Dvoracek in particular has been drawing lots of praise from players and coaches alike. Garay apparently tweaked his hamstring on Day 1, so it's also safe to assume that the injury is a little more severe than head coach Lovie Smith led on when talking to the media on Day 2. And as luck would have it, the Bears play the Eagles at Philadelphia in Week 7.

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