Broncos eye Walker

Shanahan makes informal inquiry about disgruntled wide receiver

The Denver Broncos have made informal inquiries about disgruntled Green Bay Packers receiver Javon Walker, according to a report today in the Rocky Mountain News. Walker informed the Packers earlier this month that he wants to be traded to a different team. He has insisted that he'll retire from football before returning to Green Bay for the 2006 season.

Walker is unhappy with the Packers because the team refused to renegotiate his contract last year when he had two seasons remaining on the five-year, $6.7 million deal he signed as a rookie.

Walker's stepfather, Charles Goldsmith, reinforced Walker's trade demand today by telling the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "I wish this could have worked out better but he's not coming back. He has so much animosity regarding Green Bay, it's ridiculous."

Broncos coach Mike Shanahan has reportedly been asking Packers officials about Walker. Shanahan also spoke with former Packers coach Mike Sherman, now Houston's assistant head coach, about Walker at the NFL owners meetings in Orlando, Fla.

Packers general manager Ted Thompson has denied Walker's trade request, but says he is open to inquiries from other teams. Thompson may be tempted to deal Walker, who missed most of last season with a torn anterior cruciate ligament injury, with a reasonable offer. The Broncos have extra draft picks in the first and fourth rounds of the upcoming NFL draft.

Walker was Green Bay's first-round draft pick in 2002. He is scheduled to count $1,165,000 against the salary cap this year.

Walker had a career-high 1,382 receiving yards and 14 touchdowns in 2004, and was named to the NFC squad in the Pro Bowl.


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