Monday, August 23, 2010
Source: Vikings to sign Javon Walker
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The Minnesota Vikings are on the verge of reuniting two of their former division rivals from Green Bay.
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Less than a week after former Packers quarterback Brett Favre decided to return for another season in Minnesota, the Vikings are planning on signing former Packers wide receiver Javon Walker on Monday, a source close to the situation told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter.
Walker experienced his greatest success with Favre as his quarterback and Minnesota is hoping for more of the same.
Walker, whose only Pro Bowl season came in 2004 with the Packers when Favre was his quarterback, hasn't had a 1,000-yard receiving season since 2006 when he was with the Denver Broncos.
Walker, however, clashed with Favre before he left the Packers in a trade after the 2005 season. Favre torched Walker for skipping the Green Bay Packers' 2005 minicamp. Walker was seeking a new contract at the time.
A year later, Walker asked the Packers to trade him in part because of Favre's comments. The Broncos acquired Walker from Green Bay for a second-round pick in the 2006 draft.
Denver cut Walker after the 2007 season because he had major problems with his knees and lost his ability to separate from defenders. The Oakland Raiders, however, gave him a six-year, $55 million deal with $16 million in guaranteed money.
Oakland released Walker this offseason after two unproductive seasons with the team.
Adam Schefter is ESPN's NFL Insider. ESPN.com's Kevin Seifert and Bill Williamson contributed to this report.