Walker wants out

Disgruntled wide receiver reportedly has demanded trade

Javon Walker has informed the Green Bay Packers that he wants to be traded to another team as soon as possible, according to an ESPN.com report. The Packers' wide receiver says he is not only unhappy with his current contract, but disappointed with the way the Packers have treated some of his teammates.

Walker has one year remaining on a five-year, $7.5 million contract that he signed after Green Bay selected him in the first round of the 2002 NFL Draft. He is scheduled to earn $650,000 this season. After becoming a first-time Pro Bowl selection in 2004, he skipped the team's off-season minicamps last season because he wanted a new contract. He threatened to hold out of Green Bay's training camp, but reported and put his contract squabbles to rest. He then sustained a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his knee in the regular season opener and missed the remainder of the season.

"I just don't feel like this is the best place for me to be right now," said Walker, told ESPN.com. "I really have no interest in being in a Green Bay Packers uniform or playing for Green Bay again."

Walker said he's expressed his feelings to new Packers coach Mike McCarthy, while his agent, CSMG Sports' Kennard McGuire, has asked general manager Ted Thompson, as did former Walker agent Drew Rosenhaus, to deal Walker or allow them to pursue a trade. Thompson on Wednesday denied the requests.

"During his time as a Green Bay Packer, Javon Walker has been well thought of by everyone here," Thompson said in a statement released to the media Friday afternoon. "I like Javon, certainly as a person and as a player.

"That said, Javon is under contract, which he signed as a 2002 first-round draft choice. That contract is governed by the Collective Bargaining Agreement, which was negotiated between the National Football League and the National Football League Players' Association, and we expect him to honor it.

"There have been several highly publicized cases of player discontent in the National Football League. I don't anticipate us making any concessions in this matter.

"We will continue to stay the course, and the Green Bay Packers will have no further comment on this topic."

Walker caught a career- and team-high 89 passes for 1,382 yards and 12 touchdowns in 2004, easily the best of his four seasons in the National Football League. He is currently rehabbing from his injury and finishing his undergraduate degree at Florida State.

Walker, 27, indicated in the report that he is not happy about Brett Favre's comments to the media last year during his mini-camp holdout that the receiver honor his contract. He also said, whether Favre returns or not, that he will sit out of training camp unless he's traded.

"If I had to go back there, I'd retire," he said. "I don't have to play."

Walker is so frustrated with his situation that he has offered to repay the Packers the prorated portion of his signing bonus, which amounts to around $850,000.

"Why should I risk another year of getting beat up playing for a team that I don't want to play for? That's stupid," Walker said.

The Packers have scheduled both of their off-season mini-camps and organized team activities in May. Coach Mike McCarthy has indicated that he wants everyone to attend the camps to get acclimated to the new coaches and schemes.

Walker said he told McCarthy, "It's nothing against you or your staff, but it's unfair to you to have a player in your organization that doesn't want to be there."

"I'm not going to grandstand," Walker said. "I just want the Packers to give me peace of mind."

McCarthy declined to comment on the situation Friday evening while speaking to reporters at the annual Fan Fest at Lambeau Field.

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