Unhappy Jackson reports

Nose tackle meets with Thompson, Brandt

Nose tackle Grady Jackson told a newspaper today that the Green Bay Packers have rebuffed his request to cut or trade him.

Jackson made his request in a meeting Thursday with general manager Ted Thompson and Andrew Brandt, the team's vice president of player finance.

"They said they aren't going to do it, it's not going to happen," Jackson told the Wisconsin State Journal as he left the Lambeau Field players' parking lot after a luncheon. "I wish it would happen, because I feel like if they don't want me here then they should get someone else who they think can do the job."

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). But Jackson is not as talented nor as durable as either of the three players who received big deals.

Jackson is due $665,000 this season in the final year of his $2.31 million deal.

Receiver Javon Walker, meanwhile, refused to talk to reporters Thursday. He had threatened a holdout but reported Wednesday night. Drew Rosenhaus, who represents both Walker and Jackson, didn't return phone calls to The Associated Press.

Walker is expected to practice Friday. But Jackson, who is still nursing a balky knee that cost him six games last year and required offseason surgery, has not taken his physical yet because of a personal matter.

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