Javon Walker is getting another shot at football. The question is: How much does he have left?
The Vikings showed the level of concern with their receiving corps by bringing in Walker and Brandon Jones for a workout last Friday, according to the Star Tribune, and it looks as though that workout has turned into a camp opportunity for Walker. The Vikings aren’t content to stand pat while they wait for Sidney Rice (hip) and Percy Harvin (migraines) to get back on the field.
There’s little risk involved in giving Walker a look to remedy immediate depth issues. Walker has a history with both Brett Favre and Darrell Bevell from their time in Green Bay, and he put up career bests (89 receptions, 1,382 yards and 12 TDs) with Favre in 2004.
Still, that was 2004. Keep in mind Walker hasn’t had a productive NFL season since 2006 with Denver. The last we saw of Walker — after he signed that stunning six-year, $55 million contract that included $16 million guaranteed — was a receiver who had knee issues and wasn’t able to contribute for the Raiders.
As much as Walker seems like a very long shot to make the roster, Brian Baldinger said not to discount the fact that Favre can make any receiver who can get open better.
“What happened to Sidney Rice last season [with Favre under center] was no fluke,” he said.
With Bernard Berrian and Greg Lewis counting as the only established receivers taking the field right now, we’ll keep an eye on how desperate the situation gets for the Vikings. It’s one thing to be talking about Walker as a camp body, and another all together for him to make the final 53-player roster with a guaranteed contract for 2010.
Update: The Vikings officially signed Walker Tuesday.