Javon Walker what he wanted yesterday -- a ticket out of Green Bay and the groundwork for a new contract.
The Packers traded Walker, who had threatened to retire rather than play for the team in 2006, to the Denver Broncos for a second-round pick. Hours later, the Broncos and Walker agreed to parameters for a six-year contract extension, Denver coach Mike Shanahan said.
Walker, coming off a serious knee injury as he enters the final year of his contract, said last month that he wanted to be dealt.
Walker had a breakout season in 2004, catching 89 passes for 1,382 yards and 12 touchdowns, leading to his request for a big payday. Green Bay refused to redo Walker's deal, and he tore up his knee in the season opener.
Shanahan said he was optimistic about Walker's recovery.
''Our doctors felt very good in looking at his knee," Shanahan said. ''He looks right on pace to recovery and should be ready to go."
Bush said he was not disappointed that he was not taken first overall, and saw playing in New Orleans as a chance to boost morale in the storm-torn Gulf South.
''I could possibly bring some smiles back to the faces," Bush said. ''Any organization that's pumped up about me makes me feel good and want to go there and play."