Re-sign or release? Frank Walker

Cornerback made little impact with Packers last year

Cornerback Frank Walker stuck around with the Packers last season, but his chances of playing in Green Bay in 2008 are slim to none. Walker never reached the expectations that he and the team had for him in 2007 as Green Bay's only unrestricted free agent signing.

Walker stuck with the Packers throughout the season after beating out Patrick Dendy for a roster spot in training camp. He played in 12 games, rotating in as the nickel and dime back, but did not play in either of Green Bay's playoff games. He had 10 tackles (9 solo), one pass defensed and 12 special teams tackles.

Walker's one-year contract with Green Bay will expire on Feb. 28, but he will re-sign with the Packers only if there are no other takers in free agency. In fact, the Packers probably will be in no hurry to re-sign him, even for the veteran's minimum, because they are expected to load up with cornerbacks through the draft, and possibly pursue a big-named free agent cornerback in free agency.

The Packers like Will Blackmon, Jarrett Bush and Tramon Williams, three younger cornerbacks who played ahead of Walker. Since Walker will be entering his sixth NFL season and hasn't given the team an indication that he can start, the Packers will pursue other cornerbacks who have the potential to eventually replace starters Al Harris and Charles Woodson.

Todd Korth is managing editor of and Packer Report magazine. E-mail him at

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