00:00 am 12/06/05
JASON WILDE firstname.lastname@example.org
GREEN BAY - The man Green Bay Packers fans love to hate no longer represents the star receiver their favorite team so dearly misses.
In a move that had been rumored for months, Javon Walker fired Drew Rosenhaus as his agent, a source within the NFL Players' Association said Monday. Two NFL sources confirmed Walker dismissed Rosenhaus and is without representation.
The NFLPA source said Walker notified the organization Rosenhaus is no longer his agent, but Walker has yet to file an SRA (standard representation agreement) form documenting who his new agent will be.
Attempts to reach Walker, who is out for the season after tearing the ACL in his right knee, were unsuccessful. Rosenhaus did not return a message left on his cell phone. The Packers would not comment on the change.
"I've talked to Javon and out of respect for him will keep that conversation private," Packers vice president of player finance Andrew Brandt said from the NFL fall meetings in Dallas.
Walker hired Rosenhaus last February after catching 89 passes for 1,382 yards and 12 touchdowns in 2004 and earning his first Pro Bowl berth.
Rosenhaus then went to new Packers general manager Ted Thompson at the NFL scouting combine in Indianapolis and told Thompson his client wanted a new contract, even though Walker had two years remaining on the $7.485 million rookie deal negotiated by David Ware, his first NFL agent.