The Bears have filled Tank Johnson’s shoes or at least his spot in the garage. On Sunday, the Bears acquired DT Darwin Walker in a trade with the Buffalo Bills. The Bears gave the Bills an undisclosed pick in the 2008 NFL Draft. After six successful seasons with the Philadelphia Eagles, Walker was traded to Buffalo in March but he never reported to training camp because he was seeking a long-term contract extension.
Walker will fit in well in Chicago’s defense. He will mostly take up blocks and keep o-linemen off the LB’s and free up Pro Bowler Tommie Harris a little. Walker is one of the better DT’s at handling double teams and controlling the line of scrimmage. In 2006 Walker started 15 of 16 regular season games for the Philadelphia Eagles at right defensive tackle and tied for second on the team with six sacks. He also added 56 tackles last season and his first career interception. For his career Walker has compiled 264 tackles with 27 1/2 sacks and 71 quarterback hurries in 88 career games with Philadelphia and Arizona.