9:54am: Dougherty has now checked back in, admitting that he misinterpreted a text and that there’s no deal between Walker and the Chiefs (Twitter link).
9:16am: Agent Chad Speck has directly responded to Dougherty’s initial report, via Twitter, calling it “completely false” and adding that Walker has a visit lined up with the Seahawks on Sunday.
8:57am: A pair of Chiefs beat writers, Terez A. Paylor of the Kansas City Star and Adam Teicher of ESPN, suggest nothing is finalized between Walker and the team, though both reporters say it still could happen (Twitter links). ESPN’s Adam Caplan also tweets that Walker hasn’t signed anything and still has several visits lined up.
We’ve seen this happen with a few signings this week, and in almost every case, a deal has eventually been completed. Still, it’s worth reiterating that even if an apparent agreement has been reached, nothing is official until a player signs on the dotted line, and it sounds like there are still plenty of details to finalize here before the Chiefs lock up Walker.
8:21am: After visiting with him yesterday, the Chiefs are set to sign defensive tackle Vance Walker to a contract, a source tells Pete Dougherty of the Green Bay Post-Gazette (Twitter link). The Packers had been trying to set up a visit for Walker, but he’ll be headed to Kansas City for 2014 instead.
Walker, 26, started 15 games for the Raiders last season, recording 40 tackles and three sacks for the club. Oakland reportedly extended a contract offer to Walker before the free agent period opened, but the Georgia Tech product was interested in the rare opportunity to test the market as an unrestricted free agent.