GREEN BAY, Wis. In a bit of a surprising move, the Packers have re-signed outside linebacker Erik Walden. However, this will likely have zero effect on what general manager Ted Thompson plans to do in the upcoming NFL draft.
Walden started the first 15 games of the 2011 season at right outside linebacker but lost his starting job in the final week of the regular season to Brad Jones. Walden finished the year with 86 tackles, three sacks and a fumble recovery that he returned for a touchdown.
It was midway through last season, however, that Walden was arrested on charges of domestic dispute and was kept in a local jail over the Thanksgiving weekend. Though the charges were later dropped and Walden was not suspended by the team, it was an unwelcome distraction for the Packers as they attempted to go undefeated for the entire regular season. Green Bay was 11-0 at the time.
While the terms of Walden's new contact are not yet known, it is most likely a one-year deal for the minimum a...