In my constant search for more legitimate opinions on Bills holdout DT Darwin Walker, I thought I'd share the best information I've come across to date. BleedGreen from Bleeding Green Nation has watched Walker play throughout his career with the Eagles and has a terrific first-hand account of Walker as a player:
The problem is that the effort has waned at times over the past few years. He'll go through stretches of games where he does nothing, but then he'll throw in a 3 sack performance like he did in Dallas last year. Darwin is not a guy that's going to pick up your team when they need it. When the Eagles defense was getting run all over and struggling, Darwin was at his worst. I really felt at times he just gave up last year. However, when the D was playing well and sacking Drew Bledsoe 8 times, Darwin was right in the middle of it.
I think if there was ever a player that could benefit from a change of scenery it's Darwin Walker. Like I said, when he first came here and had something to prove he gave relentless effort and really stood out. If he thinks he has something to prove in Buffalo, which I think he does, he could very well replicate the kind of success and effort he showed here at times.
I'll tell you what - the way Walker is alienating himself with some Bills fans, he most definitely will have a lot to prove if he ever gets signed. But BleedGreen's analysis says it all: Walker's not a team leader and he's not a guy to build a defense around. That's why he's still sitting out while the Bills move forward. Case closed.
Thanks for the great info, BleedGreen!