Cornerback signs with Packers

Frank Walker signed a one-year contract with the Green Bay Packers this morning, has learned. Walker, a backup cornerback with the New York Giants the past four seasons, is the Packers' first signing in free agency.

The contract includes incentives and a signing bonus for a total of $1.5 million, according to Walker's agent Harold Lewis.

"It's a great one-year deal for him to do what he has to do, and we believe it's a great place for him to do it," Lewis said. "We believe that they will sign him long-term at some point this year."

Walker, who turns 26 on Aug. 6, started one game in 2006 and five games overall with the Giants since he was selected with the second of two sixth round picks by the Giants in the 2003 NFL draft out of Tuskegee (Ala.). Last year, he found himself buried on the depth chart behind starters Sam Madison and R.W. McQuarters, and fighting for playing time in passing defenses against Corey Webster (a second round draft pick by the Giants in 2005) and rookie free agent Kevin Dockery.

Walker (5-foot-10, 197) played in 10 games for the Giants last season and finished with nine tackles, no interceptions and no sacks. In four seasons in New York, he had 53 tackles, five interceptions, and nine passes defensed.

Walker met with the New Orleans Saints over the weekend, and worked out for the Packers on Monday. Both sides agreed to the deal while Walker was literally on the plane in Atlanta for Seattle to meet with the Seahawks this morning.

"With seven minutes to takeoff time, we agreed to a contract," Lewis explained. "They had to open up the doors and try to get his luggage, which they couldn't get, it was shipped off to Seattle. Security came because they didn't want him to get off the plane and leave luggage on. It was just a frickin' mess."

Walker presumably will be playing for the No. 3 or No. 4 positions behind starters Al Harris and Charles Woodson. Current Packers backup cornerbacks include Patrick Dendy, who finished the 2006 season as the team's nickel back; Jarrett Bush, who played some as a dime back; and Will Blackmon, who was selected in the fourth round of the NFL draft last season, but missed most of the year with injuries.

The Packers are also expected to select a cornerback in the upcoming NFL draft.

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