Dallas Cowboys Pro Bowl running back Herschel Walker refused trades Thursday morning that would have sent him to the Minnesota Vikings or Cleveland Browns for a package of high draft choices, National Football League sources said Thursday night.
Cowboys coach Jimmy Johnson and owner Jerry Jones denied any trade had been consummated with either team.But sources insist the trade between the teams was agreed upon and that the Cowboys would have received "a slew of draft choices," as Vikings general manager Mike Lynn told colleagues.
The Cowboys wanted at least six high draft choices for Walker, the team's leading rusher and receiver.
One league source said Johnson has vowed to continue to pursue a trade that would meet with Walker's approval and that he might attempt to resume negotiations with the Vikings.
"I haven't thought about any teams I'd go to," Walker said. "I'm here, and this is where I'm going to play unless Coach Johnson wants me to go somewhere else."
Walker has had the ball on 40 percent of the Cowboys' offensive plays, accounted for 42 percent of their yardage and scored three of their four touchdowns.
It is believed the Cowboys went to the Browns after the trade with the Vikings fell through. The Cowboys preferred to trade with the Vikings because Minnesota has a No. 1 draft pick in 1990 and the Browns do not.