Conventional wisdom and informed minds had the Oakland Raiders releasing wide receiver Javon Walker. But rather than release him, the Raiders restructured Walker’s contract last week, according to a league source.
Oakland converted a $5 million roster bonus due to Walker this month into base-salary guarantees for this and next season. Now, $2 million of Walker’s base salary for the coming season is guaranteed, as is $2.6 million of Walker’s base salary for 2010.
It’s another commitment from the Raiders to Walker, but it ensures the two will spend training camp together when many around the league said they would not.