Vikings to Sign WR Javon Walker

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports the Minnesota Vikings plan to sign wide receiver Javon Walker on Monday.

Walker (6-3, 215) has caught 267 passes for 4,011 yards and 31 touchdowns during an 8-year career with the Green Bay Packers (2002-05), Denver Broncos (2006-07) and Oakland Raiders (2008-09).

After a Pro Bowl season in 2004, Walker has primarily made headlines for injuries, big contracts, and scary off-field incidents.

A torn ACL ended his 2005 season midway through the season-opener. Traded to the Denver Broncos in 2006, Walker signed a five-year, $40 million contract that included $15 million in guarantees. After a productive season for the Broncos, Walker was celebrating on New Year's with teammates when shots were fired into the limousine Walker was in, killing teammate Darrent Williams.

Walker was limited to 8 games in 2007, and the Broncos released him prior to the start of the 2008 league year. Signed by the Oakland Raiders to a six-year, $55 million contract that included $16 million in guarantees, Walker was found unconscious on a Las Vegas street, the victim of robbery that hospitalized him for a few days. One of his assailants was sentenced to life in prison last month.

Walker caught 15 passes in 11 games over two seasons before being released in March.

With Sidney Rice on PUP, and Percy Harvin a question mark as he battles migraine headaches, the Vikings have been searching for veteran wide receiver help. Free agent Brandon Jones worked out along with Walker for the Vikings last week, but Jones opted to sign with the Seattle Seahawks.

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WayneF's picture

August 23, 2010 at 06:10 pm

"Free agent Brandon Jones worked out along with Walker for the Vikings last week, but Jones opted to sign with the Seattle Seahawks."

Smart move Mr. Jones! Should be interesting how to see how long it takes for Walker to self destruct. His ego and mouth are even bigger than his 10 second 40 time. I heard that Al Davis beat him in a footrace last year.

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