Walker stands for crybaby

Wide receiver has little leverage

Javon Walker has been a Pro Bowl wide receiver just once in his four years as an NFL player, yet the Green Bay Packer feels he is not being fairly compensated for his production.

Because of that, Walker told ESPN.com he wants out of Green Bay, saying he'd probably retire before returning to Green Bay.

Go ahead and retire, Javon. You just have to love these crybabies, who make more money than most of us will ever see.

You have to love these idiots, who before college didn't know what making money really felt like. Walker's frustration stems from his Pro Bowl season of 2004, when he caught 89 passes for more than 1,300 yards and scored 12 TDs. He was looked at then as a star in the making, and with Brett Favre at quarterback, the sky was his limit. So before last season Walker staged a holdout Favre was admittedly against. He returned with no new deal and then tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his knee at Detroit in Week 1, ending his season.

Because the injury happened so early in 2005, the Packers hoped he would be ready to return for the start of 2006. Walker said he's on pace to return for the start of training camp, but he has no plans of being in Green Bay.

"I have no interest in being in a Green Bay Packers uniform or for playing for Green Bay," Walker told ESPN.com.

Walker told ESPN.com part of his frustration also comes from recent contract squabbles the Packers have had with Ahman Green, Grady Jackson and Mike McKenzie.

Contract squabbles don't happen elsewhere? Didn't Antonio Gates miss a game last season while attempting to sign a new deal with the Chargers? Walker's tantrum is nothing new, but he really has no leverage. He's under contract and he's coming off an injury, leaving him a question mark for 2006. It's possible he came up with this thought after seeing the Packers trade McKenzie two years ago when he was angry with management over a contract he signed.

So what should the Packers do? I have no problem with the team shopping Walker around. However, the Packers won't get full value because he's damaged goods. GM Ted Thompson can get a feel for the interest and then make a decision. But don't expect the trade to happen in the near future.

If healthy, Walker provides the Packers with a needed weapon on offense. Also, if he's traded the Packers' receiving corps is down to Donald Driver and maybe nothing else, as Robert Ferguson's future is murky. (Even if Ferguson returns how long before he gets hurt again?)

Also, with Favre or without Favre, a player of Walker's ability is needed. With Favre, Walker could return to elite company and the offense could be much improved. With a new quarterback, Walker's ability to make plays can bail out a young signal caller. But beyond the field, Walker's latest comments don't do the Packers any good. They're still trying to figure out if Favre's returning, who they will draft, who they want to re-sign in free agency and what free agents they have an interest in signing.

Now Walker shows up, creating a stir.

All this shows is Walker is selfish, doesn't care how he looks and will tarnish his name at any cost to possibly make more money. His demand to be traded is based on - he believes - a new team will give him the big deal the Packers didn't. For someone who hasn't played a full game since 2004? I will bet Walker $5 if he has another 2004 season in 2006 for the Packers, he will be compensated fairly by the Packers, but he won't see that money before that time.

What Walker doesn't seem to get is receivers coming off major injuries are not high in demand to trade for and then spend mega-bucks on. He has to earn the next contract he desires, whether he's in Green Bay or Tampa Bay, or by the bay in San Francisco. He won't like reading this, but it's back to the drawing board for Walker. He has to re-prove himself to get the deal he wants.

But by asking for it ahead of time is he questioning if he'll ever be the same go-to receiver he once was? I mean, he has had one Pro Bowl season in four. That's 25 percent. Why is he demanding a big-time deal when he's coming off a major injury?

Does Walker believe in himself? If he did, why not play 2006 and get the big deal the old-fashioned way - by earning it.

Walker's latest tirade is just another in a long line of spoiled pro athletes. Here's hoping Javon gets what he deserves, but something tells me that isn't what he has in mind.

Doug Ritchay

Editor's note: Doug Ritchay is a regular contributor to PackerReport.com. E-mail at dritchay@sbcglobal.net.

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