Walker is a class act on and off the field for the Green Bay Packers. His association with Rosenhaus, whom many in and out of the NFL football world view as nothing more than a snake, never seemed to make sense. It was a ridiculous move by Walker to sit out of minicamps last off-season, no doubt upon the advice of Rosenhaus. Everyone, including the Packers, realizes that Walker is vastly underpaid. Fortunately, Walker was smart enough to realize that he made his point and reported promptly to training camp.
Walker has another year left on the contract he signed as Green Bay's first-round draft pick in 2002. He should be ready to return from his season-ending knee injury during the 2006 training camp. If all goes well and he gets off to a fairly good start in 2006, the Packers will reward the receiver with a lucrative contract extension, possibly even sooner. Walker may choose to wait until the end of next season, but whatever he decides, being represented by anyone other than Rosenhaus will make the process much smoother.
Rosenhaus probably is not the most highly regarded agent to deal with among NFL owners. Just a hunch, but some of his tactics, especially with Terrell Owens last off-season, are questionable at best. Walker obviously feels the same way. Good for him.
Todd Korth is managing editor of PackerReport.com and Packer Report. E-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org.