Walker says he'll report

Javon Walker told ESPN talk show host Jim Rome today that he plans to report to the Green Bay Packers for the start of training camp near the end of July.

Walker has two years left on the contract he signed as a first-round draft pick in 2002, but he wants a new deal after a breakout season last year. Walker had 89 catches for 1,382 yards and 12 touchdowns and was selected to the Pro Bowl for the first time.

But Walker hired a new agent, Drew Rosenhaus, this off-season and skipped the mandatory post-draft mini-camp to protest his current contract. He has two years remaining on a five-year, $7.49 million deal he signed as a rookie in 2002. He has been paid more than $6 million in the first three years of the deal. He is scheduled to receive a base salary of $515,000 this season and $650,000 in 2006.

Walker is not expected to attend the upcoming June mini-camp, especially since it is voluntary. But he told Rome that he will not hold out for training camp, though, he alluded that he may be a not-so-involved participant.

"I'm gonna be there, I'm gonna be there," Walker said. "I'll be there for training camp."

Whether Walker will participate in practices remains to be seen. Despite having two years left on his contract, Walker feels he should be paid as one of the top five receivers in the league. Rosenhaus reportedly has submitted a renotiated contract offer to the Packers, but the Packers have not gotten back to Rosenhaus.

"If teams want to stop this from happening, maybe they should sign players to two- or three-year deals," Walker said.

Until training camp, Walker says he will continue to stay away from Green Bay.

"This approach I feel is best for me," Walker said. "We feel that something will get done."

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