Texans waive Walker after four seasons

HOUSTON -- The Houston Texans have waived defensive end Gary
Walker, the two-time Pro Bowl lineman who'd been with the team
since its inaugural season.

The 11-year veteran, who battled through injuries last year,
told Houston television station KRIV that he may retire.

"If that's my final decision, just to be healthy, I can go out
and play with my kids now," Walker told the station Monday.

Walker had 19 tackles and one sack in 11 games this season. He
was lost for the season in December after severing his right

Walker was an expansion draft selection off Jacksonville's
roster and almost left the Texans before the 2004 season because of
the drain his salary would have placed on the team that season. He
wound up signing a six-year deal to stay put.

In the Texans' inaugural year, he had 115 tackles and 6 sacks
and made the Pro Bowl. Drafted by the Houston Oilers in 1995,
Walker signed with the Jaguars in 1999 and came to the Texans in
the expansion draft along with defensive tackle Seth Payne and
offensive tackle Tony Boselli.