"The Packers say they aren't going to change their position, so we are leaning that way. We're hoping for a change of heart or a trade," Drew Rosenhaus told The Associated Press.
Packers general manager Ted Thompson did not immediately return
a call to the AP for comment.
Rosenhaus said the Packers have refused to negotiate with him
ever since he first approached the team this spring to tear up
Walker's current contract, which has two years remaining and calls
for him to make $515,000 this season.
"I haven't had very many holdouts in my career, but I've been
unable to get the Packers to commit to any discussion of a new
deal," Rosenhaus said. "The Packers have refused to negotiate
with us. They expect him to play the year out."
Rosenhaus said that won't happen.
"I can't let this player go out on the field and jeopardize his
career for that kind of money. I just can't fathom it," he said in
an interview with HBO taped last Friday and scheduled to air next
Walker hired Rosenhaus earlier this year after a breakout season
in which he caught 89 passes for 1,328 yards and 12 touchdowns.
Walker's holdout threat has drawn the ire of quarterback Brett Favre, who also criticized Rosenhaus for his tactics.
Rosenhaus responded by saying Favre should call him to get all the facts.
"I don't think he'll answer my calls," Favre said this week
while playing in a charity pro-am at the US Bank Championship golf
tournament in Milwaukee. "Set me straight on what? I've played 14
straight years. I have not held out one time. He has nothing to say
Rosenhaus said Wednesday he has plenty to say to the three-time
"I reached out to Brett. If you take issue with our position,
call me," Rosenhaus said. "I'm not allowed to call him. But if he
calls me, I'll tell him what our status is. I don't think he knows
all the facts. I'd love to fill him in."
Favre said he's earned the right to speak his mind and besides,
Walker is under contract, "and to me that means he should be
Rosenhaus said he would take Favre's call any time.