Patriots Interested in WR Javon Walker

Are the Patriots serious players for Javon Walker? Maybe. According to Tony Pauline, a trade for Walker is in the works with three teams. Here's the latest on what we've learned about Walker and the teams looking to trade for him.

ESPN and the NFL Network are reporting that a number of teams have shown an interest in Green Bay Packers wide receiver Javon Walker.

According to Tony Pauline of TFY Draft Preview and Scout.com, a possible deal is in the works for the disgruntled Walker, but is being held up over compensation.

"The Packers are looking to trade Javon Walker to Denver and get a third team involved. That third team was supposed to be the Eagles," said Pauline in a conversation on Patriots Insider yesterday.

"The Broncos wanted a second round pick for Ashlie Lelie from the Eagles, but the Eagles offered a fifth round pick. Hence that trade is stalled right now."

The Broncos are offering wide receiver Ashlie Lelie who has told team officials that he's not interested in signing a long-term deal to stay in Denver. Lelie will be an unrestricted free agent after the 2006 season and has demanded a trade.

Although other teams, including the Patriots, Chiefs, Saints and Dolphins are being mentioned, Pauline believes the deal still remains in the Broncos and Eagles court.

"There probably [will need to be] more picks exchanged," Said Pauline.

It is also possible that the Eagles are trying to move from 14-to-5 to acquire AJ Hawk, according to Pauline.

Walker is scheduled to visit the Broncos on Friday.

The Patriots are looking for another receiver to add to their roster after losing David Givens to the Tennessee Titans via free agency. Deion Branch is in a contract year and is set to become a free agent in 2007 if a new deal is not reached. The Patriots are working on a contract extension for Branch, but they also need another receiver to replace Givens. Reche Caldwell was signed by the team, but he is considered a number three receiver.

Walker could be a solid compliment to Branch for the Patriots, although there remains concern over a knee injury the Packer wide out suffered in the season opener in 2005. Walker tore the ACL in his knee in the September 11th game against the Lions and had surgery a few weeks later. He missed the entire 2005 season has yet to return to the field to demonstrate the same ability to move that made him a offensive weapon in Green Bay.

The fifth-year veteran was named to his first Pro Bowl following the 2004 season by leading the Packers with 89 catches for 1,382 yards and 12 touchdowns.


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