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Star receiver Derel Walker doesn’t care if CFL general managers say all the money is spent.
Walker wants his view of value on the next contract he signs. However, TSN’s Farhan Lalji reports Walker’s ‘side still may not fully grasp the realities of the new free agent market.
#BCLions are still very interested in Derel Walker & are in regular contact. My understanding is his side still may not fully grasp the realities of the new #CFLFA market. BC won’t be pressuring him into a decision but are considering all options to improve the receiver position https://t.co/ut6lyU9fih
— Farhan Lalji (@FarhanLaljiTSN) February 13, 2020
According to 3DownNation insider Justin Dunk, Walker signed a one-year contract with the Toronto Argonauts for the 2019 season which was worth $280,000. That’s the type of money Walker has come to expect, but the salary cap squeeze is real.
The 28-year-old made 65 catches for 1,040 yards — 16 yards per reception — and six touchdowns during his first year as an Argo in 15 games. He was named an East Division all-star for being a consistent go-to target for Toronto quarterbacks McLeod Bethel-Thompson and James Franklin.
Through 64 games in the CFL, Walker has 363 receptions for 5,248 yards and 32 touchdowns. He’s averaging 82 receiving yards per outing in the three-down league. Walker’s consistently high production could earn him one last shot at the NFL, but that seems unlikely.
Walker is considered to be among the best pass catchers in the CFL and he appears content to play the waiting game until the offer rises to his liking.