CFL all-star receiver Derel Walker ‘holding his position on what he wants’

Derel Walker is standing firm on his demands for his next contract in the Canadian Football League.

The all-star calibre receiver has been working out in Houston with former Toronto Argonauts teammate James Wilder Jr.

“He’s at peace right now and there’s no reason to rush right now. He has time so he’s figuring out what he’s going to do and he’s holding his position on what he wants, you gotta respect it,” Wilder Jr. said on The Rod Pedersen Show.

Walker made 65 catches for 1,040 yards — 16 yards per reception — and six touchdowns with the Argos in 15 games during the 2019 season. He was named an East Division all-star for being a consistent go-to target for Toronto quarterbacks McLeod Bethel-Thompson and James Franklin.

“I don’t want to put too much of his position out, but he’s feeling good, he’s comfortable. He’s looking good. Ya’ll know me, ‘I’m like come to Montreal.’ I’m trying to get him to come over. He’s looking good,” Wilder Jr. said.

According to 3DownNation insider Justin Dunk, the defending Grey Cup champion Blue Bombers put on a recruiting pitch for Walker. Winnipeg pushed multiple positive factors the organization believes it and the city have to offer the 28-year-old. Per Dunk’s sources, Walker’s asking price in February during the initial onset of free agency was approximately $250,000.

Through 64 games in the CFL, Walker has 363 receptions for 5,248 yards and 32 touchdowns. He’s averaging 82 receiving yards per outing in the three-down league. Walker’s consistently elite production makes him a bonafide No. 1 target in the CFL, yet the six-foot-two, 187-pound pass catcher remains a free agent.

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