Javon Walker recently told the Oakland Raiders that he had knee surgery last month, which was news to the team, according to the San Francisco Chronicle.
Raiders coach Tom Cable said that the surgery wasn’t necessarily a bad thing for Walker, who didn’t practice on Friday as the team opened its mandatory minicamp.
- “We just found out about it,” Cable said. “Yeah, it is a little bit uncommon but we’re aware of it now and it was probably the right thing to do and get it cleaned up.”
Walker, a high-priced free-agent signing last summer, caught just 15 passes for 196 yards and one touchdown during the 2008 season. He saw action in eight games, starting seven, before suffering a season-ending ankle injury. But that wasn’t all that went wrong for Walker, the Chronicle noted.
- His first year was troubled enough. He was beaten and robbed in Las Vegas during the offseason, offered to retire in training camp, and underperformed on the field after signing a six-year deal worth up to $55 million.
Walker, a seven-year NFL veteran, was expected to be released by the team after the season, but the Raiders instead restructured his contract. Oakland converted a $5 million roster bonus due to Walker into base-salary guarantees for 2009 and 2010. Now, $2 million of Walker’s base salary for the 2009 season is guaranteed, as is $2.6 million of Walker’s base salary for 2010.