Walker hits the market

Published: February 29th, 2008
By Bucs Beat | tampabay.com - St. Petersburg Times and tbt*

There's another free-agent receiver on the market for the Bucs to consider.

Word out of Denver is that the Broncos have released disgruntled veteran Javon Walker, making him an instant unrestricted free agent able to sign with any team. We've previously reported that the Bucs had engaged in conversations with Denver about a potential trade for Walker, but with most expecting his eventual release, the Broncos were at a serious disadvantage in negotiations. A $5.4-million bonus that would have been due on Tuesday made this move pretty predictatable.

Now Walker is a free agent, there are likely to be a number of interested teams largely because of the lack of depth in this class of free-agent receivers. The Bucs could join the Cowboys and and a number of other potential suitor, but don't expect the Bucs to get into a bidding war for his services.

Walker, 29, is coming off a knee injury that limited him to eight games and five starts in 2007, which he finished with 26 receptions for 287 yards. In his last full season, 2006, Walker posted 69 catches for 1,084 yards.