Last offseason, Oakland spent millions to sign CB DeAngelo Hall, S Gibril Wilson and WR Javon Walker.
Already, Hall and Wilson have been jettisoned — Hall cut during the season and Wilson after it. Now, Walker could be next.
Walker is due a $5 million bonus payment March 3. It is likely that the Raiders would rather release him than pay him. Thus, for the second straight offseason, an AFC West team is likely to release Walker.
Walker’s bonus is injury-guaranteed and he finished the season on injured reserve with a broken ankle, so if they cut him, there will be a grievance and he will win.
But it still doesn’t change the fact that he’s likely to be released this week.
If and when the Raiders release Walker, he will count against their salary cap for an eye-popping $14.16 million. It is a huge number to absorb, but the Raiders believe it is the right move to make.
Fortunately for the Raiders, they succeeded in retaining some of their own players this offseason, keeping both CB Nnamdi Asomugha and P Shane Lechler. Unfortunately for the Raiders, the curtain is coming down on their failed free-agent class of 2008.