Eagles likely to release Walker

March 27, 1995|By Knight-Ridder News Service

PHILADELPHIA -- Now that Ricky Watters is in, Herschel Walker probably is out.

When the Philadelphia Eagles landed Watters with a three-year, $6.9 million offer sheet that the San Francisco 49ers decided Saturday not to match, the Walker era in Philadelphia apparently came to a close.

Walker, 33, the team's offensive MVP the last two seasons, is scheduled to make $1.5 million in 1995 -- more than they can pay a backup to Watters and newly acquired fullback Kevin Turner.

A source close to Walker, who rushed for 528 yards last season, said Saturday night that he has told president Harry Gamble and coach Ray Rhodes that he will not take a pay cut to stay in Philadelphia.

Walker, the source said, has asked for his release so he can look for a starting job and a starter's salary. Unless Walker changes his mind and accepts at least a 50 percent cut in pay, the Eagles are expected to accommodate his request by releasing him in the next few days, said the source.

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