Hours after Washington Commanders coach Ron Rivera announced that linebacker Tre Walker had abruptly decided to retire on Friday, the rookie had a change of heart and was reinstated to the team, a person says. knowing the situation.
Walker, an undrafted player from the University of Idaho, did not attend practice Friday due to his brief retirement. The decision came as a surprise and a blow to the team’s linebacking corps, which was already thin after the loss of fellow undrafted rookie Drew White to an ACL injury.
“He said it was something he had been thinking about and he wanted to come back to some things,” Rivera said of Walker on Friday morning. “So he decided it was time to move on. … He’s a guy we had some hope for, but unfortunately he just decided it was time to move on. We want to wish him the best.
But later that day, Walker decided otherwise and spoke to Rivera about returning, according to the person briefed on the matter, who spoke anonymously to freely discuss the situation. Friday’s NFL trade report included him on the reserve/retired list of commanders. But the team retains his rights for the rest of his contract so they can bring him back.
Walker’s return was likely a welcome development, given Washington’s depth at linebacker. Rivera said Friday morning that with Walker absent, the team should probably consider adding another linebacker to the roster. Behind starting center linebacker Cole Holcomb, the team has former first-round pick Jamin Davis, veteran David Mayo and young reserves Khaleke Hudson, Bryce Notree, De’Jon Harris, Milo Eifler.
But with Walker, who was scheduled to practice Saturday night at FedEx Field with the rest of the team, the Commanders defense finds another promising player.