The New York Giants were close to reaching an agreement with former Philadelphia Eagles running back Herschel Walker on Saturday, and a deal could come as early as today.
For the Giants, Walker would become a larger version of running back David Meggett, who left the team to sign as a free agent with the New England Patriots in February.
Pat Hanlon, the Giants’ director of public relations, said he could not comment on the team’s negotiations with Walker. Walker could not be reached for comment.
Walker, a nine-year veteran, asked the Eagles to release him last week after the team signed Ricky Watters.
Mighty Miller Quote Ranger
We now bid a fond adieu to Walker by recalling a quote by Fox analyst Matt Millen last year about Walker’s age. While watching Herschel play against the Redskins, Millen compared him to a television character.
Which one? Was it Aunt Bee, Clark Kent, a Mighty Morphin Power Ranger or Barney?
Here’s the full quote: “At 32, he’s not lost a step. He can still fly. This guy is the original Mighty Morphin Power Ranger.”
Stewart’s stock on rise
A player rocketing up the draft board is Colorado quarterback Kordell Stewart. Some teams have moved him up as high as third at his position behind Steve McNair of Alcorn State and Kerry Collins of Penn State.
Stewart ran a 4.49-second 40-yard dash at the combine. That was faster than most running backs, receivers and cornerbacks. He also has plenty of arm (2,071 yards last season) and touch (school-record 62 percent completions). He now projects as a second-round pick.
Pack takes step back
Two years ago, the Green Bay Packers were the toast of free agency when they signed Reggie White to that $17 million contract.
But the Pack has been shooting blanks in 1995. Green Bay is the only team that has not signed a free agent, having finished second in high-stakes bidding for veteran Pro Bowl receivers Eric Green, Jay Novacek and Andre Rison.
Green Bay did manage to acquire tight end Keith Jackson and wide receiver Mark Ingram from the Miami Dolphins. Jackson was dealt along with a fourth-round draft pick for the Pack’s second-round pick.
What you may not have known is that the Dolphins acquired that fourth-round pick from the Packers on March 20 for the disgruntled Ingram. So, Green Bay picked up Ingram and Jackson for one secondround draft choice.
Problem is, the Pack also picked up Ingram and Jackson’s salaries. Jackson is to earn $1.125 million. Ingram is to earn $904,000. Add Jackson’s pro-rated signing bonus, and the Dolphins opened up about $2.5 million under the cap by getting rid of an extra tight end and a wide receiver.
How about Ki-Jana Carter in a Washington Redskins uniform? Despite the flu, Carter ran the 40 in 4.4 seconds at Penn State recently.
The Carolina Panthers own the No.1 pick in the draft, but are apparently willing to deal it to Washington, which now picks fourth, for their pick and an extra choice. Carolina might then take Penn State QB Collins …
Cincinnati needs Southern Cal tackle Tony Boselli to be there at No.5, but he may not get past Jacksonville at No.2 …
Houston could either go for Florida DE Kevin Carter or McNair at No. 3. Collins said he thinks McNair will be the first quarterback selected. “He’s got so much potential, so much talent and amazing tools,” he said.
Around the league
The Falcons are going to work out former Detroit linebacker Pat Swilling on Monday. Swilling was once the heir apparent to Lawrence Taylor as the pass-rushing force at outside linebacker, but didn’t live up to expectations with the Lions after his NFL-leading 17 sacks in 1991 in New Orleans …
Offensive lineman Jim Sweeney, who signed with Seattle after being cut by the Jets: “Maybe the left coast will be the right coast for me, because the right coast was the wrong coast.” …
Ricky Watters had a 900 number to give updates on his contract negotiations …
The Bengals, those notorious cheapies, took less than 1 hour to match the four-year $11 million offer sheet restricted free agent WR Carl Pickens signed with Arizona.
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