After being patently misused by Matt Patricia, Walker had a fantastic season in 2021 (108 total tackles, 74 solo tackles, six pass breakups, three tackles for loss). He is lined up to cash in nicely, as legitimately one of the best free agent safeties out there.
As it is the Lions will need to find at least one starting-caliber safety this offseason, and the need would become two if Walker departs. So a concerted effort to re-sign him has to be coming, and Walker is saying all the right things about believing in the direction of the team and wanting to stay.
Walker may want to stay with the Lions, but he deserves credit for acknowledging he’d like to get paid and ultimately, essentially, “money talks.” There’s better than a coin-flip chance the two sides come together on a market value multi-year deal, but there’s a chance another team makes Walker an offer that trumps all others and he can’t (and shouldn’t) refuse.
5 potential landing spots for Walker: Indianapolis Colts, Detroit Lions, Philadelphia Eagles, San Francisco 49ers, Washington Football Team