LB Walden re-signs with Packers

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Tyler Dunne, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Tuesday, April 24, 2012
— Outside linebacker probably is still pretty high on the Green Bay Packers’ wish list heading into this week’s draft, but the team has ensured that—for now—the 2011 crew is all intact.

Free agent Erik Walden has re-signed with the Packers. Terms of the deal were not disclosed, though it’s likely a one-year deal.

Walden finished 2011 with 86 tackles and three sacks. He appeared to be making strides midway through the season after totaling 15 tackles and a sack against Tampa Bay and Detroit opposite starter Clay Matthews.

But after an off-field arrest, his season began to nosedive. Walden regressed down the stretch and was eventually benched. One reason for his poor play was a sickness that caused Walden to lose 15 pounds. Brad Jones finished the season as the starter in the playoffs.

Walden, Jones and Frank Zombo—the three players who have been the starters at right outside linebacker since 2009—are all back. Still, there’s no guarantee they all make the team in 2012. The Packers will have a shot at drafting a pass rusher at No. 28 overall and beyond.

Earlier this offseason, Walden’s agent said his client hoped to return to Green Bay.

“You see it all the time where guys go for more money and they make a mistake,” agent David Rich said in March. “(Walden) appreciates the fact that the Green Bay system is an effective system for him to work in. There’s a value to that that’s much more than dollars or cents.”

Last updated: 8:05 pm Thursday, December 13, 2012

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