Green Bay Packers wide receiver Javon Walker has received permission from the team to explore trade opportunities, with the goal of completing a deal before this weekend's NFL draft, league sources with direct knowledge of the situation said.
The Packers are also engaging in trade talks with the Kansas City Chiefs, Miami Dolphins, New England Patriots and Philadelphia Eagles but conversations aren't as far along as they are with the Saints and Broncos. Walker does not have any visits scheduled beyond the Saints and Broncos.
Walker, who underwent surgery in October on his right knee's injured anterior cruciate ligament, expects to be ready to go by training camp -- just not with the Packers, he hopes.
Unlike last year when he drew the ire of Brett Favre among others, he promises not to be a disruption, because he doesn't plan to show up at all for training camp.
"If I had to go back there, I'd retire," he told ESPN.com last month. "I don't have to play."
General manager Ted Thompson has said he expects Walker to honor his
"I've spoken with Javon over the course of the spring,"
Thompson said. "I think I'll let the original statement that we
put out stand there. I know that things get said from time to time
and I think the less said on something like that, the better."
Thompson did say that he and the team would welcome Walker back.
"I would," Thompson said. "I'm sure the team would. He's very
well liked here. I assume you guys would agree with me."
Michael Smith is a senior writer for ESPN.com. Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.