Walker trade rumors heat up

Reports swirl of interest by other teams in receiver

Javon Walker may get his wish to be traded away from Green Bay … if the Packers get what they want in return. Various reports have indicated that at least five teams have recently contacted Packers general manager Ted Thompson regarding the disgruntled wide receiver.

Walker in early March expressed his desire to not play for the Packers in 2006. He wants to be traded or, he says, he'll sit out the season. But the Packers have all the leverage in this situation and will not deal Walker unless it is for the right price, according to the NFL Network.

The Philadelphia Inquirer reported Monday that the Eagles are one of the teams interested in Walker. Other teams thought to be pursuing Walker include New England and Denver.

Thompson wouldn't talk about any possible trade offers at Monday's pre-draft news conference, and he hasn't closed the door on Walker suiting up for the Packers again.

"That would be presumptuous of me to say," Thompson said. "I know he has said some things, but I don't know what will happen. Would this team welcome him back? I would. I mean, I think we all would. Javon is well-liked around here, and I think you guys who have been around this team would agree with me."

Walker sustained a season-ending knee injury in Week 1 last year. He had threatened to sit out Green Bay's training camp last spring unless the Packers renegotiated the five-year contract that he signed as a rookie in 2002. After skipping the team's off-season workout program and minicamps, Walker reported in time for training camp.

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