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Walker's trade to Bills still not a done deal

By Adam Schefter

Special to NFL.com

(May 25, 2007) -- Buffalo and Philadelphia completed one trade this spring and, in another two months, the two teams could complete another.

It's the hidden Part II of the Part I trade completed in March, when former Bills linebacker Takeo Spikes and quarterback Kelly Holcomb were sent to Philadelphia in exchange for former Eagles defensive tackle Darwin Walker and a 2008 seventh-round draft choice.

While formulating the trade, the Bills and Eagles agreed that if Walker did not report to Buffalo for training camp by Aug. 5, then he would revert to Eagles property and the Bills would get the Eagles sixth-round pick in 2008.

It is a possibility that seems more real each day. So the sequel to the Walker trade could be just over two months away and it will depend, as so much in the league does, on a new contract.

Walker has two years remaining on a contract that is scheduled to pay him $1.3 million this season. It is, Walker believes, not enough.

He asked Philadelphia for a new deal and he has done the same with Buffalo.

The Bills knew the contractual headache they were assuming, but they were hopeful they could appease Walker and upgrade their defensive line. If not, they are protected.

They would get the Eagles' 2008 sixth-round pick to go along with the Eagles seventh-round pick they already hold compliments of the Spikes and Holcomb trade.

But Buffalo needs to find a way to strengthen its defensive line.

Former first-round pick John McCargo underwent offseason foot surgery on an injury that bothered him last season, when he initially underwent surgery on the foot in October.

But when the surgery did not take as well as doctors would have hoped, McCargo had another surgery in February and now his status for training camp is in question. So is Walker's presence. And this is on a Buffalo defense that already lost linebacker London Fletcher and cornerback Nate Clements.

Buffalo has some defensive questions. A 2008 sixth-round pick from Philadelphia is not going to help address many of them.

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lol, I hope that Spikes goes to Philly and out of the AFC East

The Spikes and Holcomb to Philly end of the deal is just that....A done deal. Spikes and Holcomb are Eagles and will NOT go back to Buffalo no matter what happens with Walker.

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