Even if the Packers were thinking about trading Walker or Jackson, they will have to wait until after the start of training camp. It is always possible that both players, who are threatening to hold out, will come to their senses and report in time to training camp. But all signs point to both holding out indefinitely.
Both players want the team to renegotiate their contracts because they feel they are underpaid. Jackson wants a contract similar to the three-year, $13 million deal Pat Williams signed with Minnesota in free agency this off-season. He also is pointing to the deal that Ted Washington got with Oakland (four years, $14 million) and Buffalo's Sam Adams (four years, $10.25 million). Of course, Jackson is not as talented nor as durable as either of the three players who received big deals.
Walker wants to be paid like one of the top receivers in the league. His agent, Drew Rosenhaus, submitted a proposal to the Packers that is more than the eight-year, $75 million deal that Randy Moss got from the Vikings in 2001. Walker has two seasons remaining on his contract, and Jackson has one. Neither of the two have much leverage, except to sit out out of training camp and possibly the entire season.
Both players have said publicly that they want to remain in Green Bay and help the Packers win, but that is getting more hollow each day.
"I don't want to be traded. I want to be in Green Bay," Jackson said. "I like it there. But they're telling me they won't redo a contract and they want me to wait until the end of the season. It's like they don't have any faith in me. I don't get that."
The Packers can nip this epidemic of whining players who want more money in the bud by not trading them nor caving in to their demands. It appears that the Packers will be taking a hardball approach with them. If they don't, other players surely will follow, just like they have lined up behind McKenzie.
The Packers would be lucky to get a fourth- or fifth-round draft pick for Jackson. They might get a second-round pick for Walker, like they did with McKenzie, but receivers are simply not a hot commodity among the various positions in the NFL. Walker has potential to be a star receiver in the NFL, but he has only had one good season.
Put any trade talk regarding the two players to rest because it won't happen.
Note: Todd Korth is managing editor of PackerReport.com and Packer Report. E-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org.