Bills trade holdout DT Walker to Bears
PITTSFORD, N.Y. (July 29, 2007) -- The Buffalo Bills ended Darwin Walker's holdout by trading the disgruntled veteran defensive tackle to Chicago.
In exchange, the Bills received an undisclosed pick in next year's draft.
The deal marks the second time the seven-year veteran has been traded since March, when Buffalo acquired him in a deal that sent linebacker Takeo Spikes to Philadelphia. Walker, however, had refused to report to Buffalo until the team renegotiated the remaining two years on his contract. He was scheduled to make $1.3 million this year and $1.4 next season.
The two sides were at a deadlock in negotiations, and the Bills would have been forced to return Walker to Philadelphia if he failed to report by Aug. 5. In return, the Bills would have received a sixth-round pick from the Eagles.
Bills general manager Marv Levy was scheduled to speak to discuss the trade later in the day. Walker's agent, Albert Irby, was not immediately available.
Irby had been upset with the Bills because they were made aware Walker wanted a new contract before Buffalo completed the deal, which also sent backup quarterback Kelly Holcomb to Philadelphia.
Walker faced being fined by the Bills for missing the first three days of training camp, which opened Thursday in suburban Rochester. He also faced potential fines for missing Buffalo's three-day mandatory minicamp in June.
Walker has 26 1/2 sacks over the past five years, making him the fourth-most productive defensive tackle during that span. He's also an agile and penetrating tackle who was considered a solid fit in the Bills' defensive scheme.