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Posted on: August 25, 2010 9:17 pm

Agent questions Bolts intentions to deal V-Jax

Posted by Will Brinson

We recently threw out the possibility of the Minnesota Vikings pursuing Vincent Jackson in a trade, following Sidney Rice's surgery on his hip. One of the problems, though, was that Jackson's contract demands were probably going to be too high. In fact, that ended up being the chief deterrent to Minnesota chasing him in a deal with San Diego.

Well, maybe.

Turns out, according to Jackson's agent Neil Schwartz, as related to Jason LaCanfora of NFL.com , the Vikings couldn't even get in the door when it came time to talk trade. Apparently, the only team the Chargers decided to let talk with Schwartz were the Seahawks.

"After the initial story came out, I got calls from four or five other teams asking about Vincent," Schwartz said, "but I told them I didn't have permission to talk to them about that player and they had to call San Diego."

According to LaCanfora, Schwartz, following the Vikes' decision to ink Javon Walker, went to the Chargers VP Ed McGuire and asked for

"I asked for that list of teams, but he wouldn't tell me," Schwartz said. "So I asked him, 'What are you guys asking for a trade?' And he said, 'I'm not telling you.'

"At that point, I said, 'Ed. It doesn't sound like you guys want to trade Vincent.'"

And that's where we stand now -- except things could get hairier if the Chargers don't find a new home for Jackson by September 4, because at that point he'd be subject to the roster exempt list (along with Marcus McNeil), in which case he'd miss the first six games of the season; three for his suspension and three for the roster-exempt status.

So sayeth the NFL -- the NFLPA on the other hand, according to LaCanfora and Schwartz, don't agree. Which means we could see some sort of arbitration coming, not to mention a larger void in an already fractured relationship.

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Posted on: August 24, 2010 10:54 pm
Edited on: August 25, 2010 12:16 am

Javon Walker is one unique cat

Posted by Andy Benoit

We’ve given more coverage to the Javon Walker signing than we normally do for an out-of-work athlete joining a team as a hopeful No. 4 wide receiver in late August. And we promise we’ll stop…after this.

But first, look at this little gem from ESPN.com’s Kevin Seifert Tuesday. There’s no groundbreaking news – just a reminder of how offbeat Walker can be:

Amid indications that Walker will sign Tuesday with the Minnesota Vikings, we should point out that he had an experimental surgery in Israel to repair his knee last year. Walker apparently believes the procedure has brought his physical skills back to his 2006 level.

The surgery was arranged by none other than Dr. Anthony Galea, the Canadian physician who has been at the center of an international doping inquiry.

Here is an excerpt from a December 2009 story in the New York Times:

The N.F.L. quarterback Chris Simms and wide receiver Javon Walker swear by him. In March, Dr. Galea arranged for Mr. Walker to have cartilage-replacement surgery on his knee in Jerusalem because the procedure is not approved in the United States or Canada. Mr. Walker said the recovery time was half what it would have been if he had had the procedure doctors recommended in the United States.

"He’s a person who just wants to help and heal," Walker said. "And the world is going to soon know about him."

Walker has always marched to his own drumbeat. In recent years, because of all his operations, that march has been more of a hobble. The surgery in Israel happened without the Raiders’ knowledge. Raiders Rapid Reporter Eric tells us Walker had a great time teasing the Oakland media that year about the secret operation, saying he couldn’t talk about it at the time but someday…

A lot of people think Walker is washed up – and he probably is. But keep in mind, he blew out his knee in ’05 with the Packers but had a 1,000-yard season in ’06 with the Broncos. His knee problems have intensified since then, but if he can ever get healthy, it’s not 100 percent out of the question that he could be a viable weapon.

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Posted on: August 24, 2010 1:11 pm
Edited on: August 24, 2010 1:18 pm

Vikings should make a play for Bolts' Jackson

Posted by Will Brinson

The news that 2009 Pro Bowler Sidney Rice will miss at least half the regular after undergoing hip surgery (and possibly more, depending on the timetable) is pretty devastating for the Vikings' hopes for 2010, since they'll likely be without a legit No. 1 wideout for most of the season. That's why it sure does seem logical for the Minnesota to inquire about picking up disgruntled wide receiver Vincent Jackson from the San Diego Chargers.

Jackson is currently holding out from Chargers camp and seems likely to bail on the season in San Diego -- so much so that the Chargers gave the Seattle Seahawks permission to chat   with Jackson and his agent about a contract in order to make a trade.

It's believed that the Bolts want a second-rounder for Jackson, and that price, given the Vikings need at wide receiver, is just about right for Minny.

Currently, the Vikings are staring down an ugly situation whereby their wide receiver depth chart reads as follows: Bernard Berrian, Percy Harvin, Greg Lewis, Javon Walker. Dearth of talent aside, this is problematic for a few reasons.

First, Berrian is much, much better suited as a deep threat than a true No. 1. Secondly, Harvin's talents are ideally utilized in the slot position, where the Vikes can move him all over the field. Third, Lewis and Walker aren't guys you want being forced into semi-major roles, much less starting gigs, should another injury occur.

The possibility of dealing for Jackson isn't without its cons, though: One issue facing a possible deal is that the Vikings would almost certainly have to ink Jackson to a long-term deal. That's expensive, obviously, and they just opened up their wallet to guarantee that Brett Favre would return for 2010 (although, really, they should just demand he take a pay cut).

Also, Jackson will miss the first three games of the season due to an NFL-imposed suspension, which severely saps his value when talking both trade and contract.

So maybe management doesn't make it rain on a guy who'll be locked in as a Viking for a long time AND miss some of this season because of personal conduct issues, but at this point, with almost all of their chips firmly planted in the center of the "win now" table, why not?

They've got an uncapped year on their hands, and since they don't provide an inter-conference or inter-division threat to the Chargers, there's really no reason why they shouldn't be at least willing to discuss contract with another 2009 Pro Bowler to fill what is suddenly the biggest positional depth problem on a team that appears pretty desperate to throw everything at a Super Bowl run this year.

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Posted on: August 24, 2010 9:58 am
Edited on: August 24, 2010 1:24 pm

Rice has hip surgery (UPDATED)

S. Rice could miss the first half of the season (Getty). Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Vikings WR Sidney Rice had hip surgery on Monday that could sideline him for the first half of this season. This comes courtesy of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune – staff writer Judd Zulgad confirmed on the radio this morning that Rice actually underwent the surgery – and I have a few thoughts about this issue.

1) It’s been a bad two weeks for the Minnesota receivers. Percy Harvin has been suffering from debilitating migraine headaches and now the Rice news. What was once considered one of the top WR corps in the NFL has been reduced to one legit starting receiver in Bernard Berrian.

Joe Webb, who probably could play WR, is still at QB, and that leaves Greg Lewis (eight catches in 13 games last year), Taye Biddle (who was playing in the UFL last season), Marko Mitchell (four catches in 10 games last year) and a few other guys whose names you haven’t heard. Oh, and Javon Walker, who still hasn’t signed officially but actually might have a chance to make the roster .

Why did Rice have the surgery now? As opposed to way earlier in the offseason?

He had a standout season last year, catching 83 passes for 1,312 yards and eight touchdowns, and he was a force in the playoffs. But he injured his hip in the NFC championship game, and according to the paper, he saw three hip specialists in the offseason, two of whom recommended surgery.

Rice declined to do so. Why? And how pissed is Minnesota right now?

3) Brett Favre might have to be a miracle worker this season to get the Vikings back to the NFC championship game.

UPDATE (12:24 p.m.): The Vikings have officially signed Walker .

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Posted on: August 23, 2010 4:02 pm

Vikings close to signing Javon Walker

J. Walker and B. Favre shown here during happier times (Getty). Posted by Josh Katzowitz

The scenario Will told you about the other day – the Vikings possibly signing Brett Favre’s old buddy (but not really), WR Javon Walker – seems to be on the verge of occurring.

According to ESPN.com , the Vikings plan to sign Walker, an eight-year veteran who’s spent the past two seasons in Oakland. Or, more accurately, has spent the past two seasons disappearing in Oakland.

Walker had his best success – an 89-catch, 1,482-yard, 12-touchdown year that resulted in Walker’s only Pro Bowl berth – when he was catching passes from Favre in Green Bay during the 2004 season.

But the next year, he held out during training camp. A move that did not sit well with Favre.

"If Javon wants to know what the quarterback thinks, and I would think he might, I'd tell him he's going about this the wrong way,” Favre said at the time. “When his agent tells him not to worry about what his teammates think and all that stuff, I'd tell him I've been around a long time and that stuff will come back to haunt you."

Walker suffered a bad knee injury in Week 1, and the next season, he found himself in Denver. He had a good season there in 2006 (69 catches, 1,084 yards, eight TDs), but since then, Walker has been a shell of his former self, combining for 41 catches and one score in the past three seasons.

I imagine Walker – who said a few months ago he’d be willing to play for the veterans minimum salary – would welcome a chance to play with Favre again, considering he’s been a non-factor four of the past five years he’s played. Besides, six of Favre’s targets caught 25 passes or more from him last season.

Don’t expect Walker (shown at right during happier times with Favre) to hang around too long, though. Right now, the Vikings receiving room is pretty bare without Percy Harvin (migraines) and Sidney Rice (hip). Assuming they return, though, Favre most likely will be throwing to receivers with whom he actually gets along.

And Walker most likely will have to contemplate retirement.

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Posted on: August 20, 2010 10:22 pm

Rehashing the Brett Favre-Javon Walker drama

Posted by Andy Benoit

Normally, there is little reason to care when a receiver like Javon Walker works out for a team. Once a star, Walker was an injury-riddled non-factor during his two years in Oakland and is now out of the league. Friday, the 32-year-old worked out for the Minnesota Vikings (so did 49ers castoff Brandon Jones). J. Walker (US Presswire)

So why do we care? Because this gives us a chance to rehash the Walker-Brett Favre drama from around a half-decade ago. You may recall, Walker had a 1,382-yard, 12-touchdown season for the Packers in 2004. He held out of minicamp in 2005, which drew the ire of Favre.

"If Javon wants to know what the quarterback thinks, and I would think he might, I'd tell him he's going about this the wrong way. When his agent tells him not to worry about what his teammates think and all that stuff, I'd tell him I've been around a long time and that stuff will come back to haunt you."

Walker decided to play that year but suffered a career-alerting knee injury in Week 1. Favre’s comments stung, and ultimately Walker forced his way out of town. ESPN’s Mike Sando republished an excerpt from an old story from Michael Smith on the matter:

Favre offended Walker when he spoke out against the receiver in his contract dispute, saying he should come to training camp and not hold out. (Walker heeded the advice.) Walker believes Favre's comments made living and working in Wisconsin difficult; Walker tells of one instance when he was in a hotel and an employee announced his presence on an Internet message board for "anyone who had something to say to Javon Walker." It also angered Walker that the team allowed its iconic quarterback to interfere publicly in a teammate's business with management. He held his tongue all year.

"There's an unwritten rule that players stick together," said Walker, still biting his tongue on Favre for the most part.

Now, Walker needs to play with Favre, as he has nowhere else to play. Will it happen? Probably not (Jones would be a much better signing). And if it does, Walker would likely be the No. 5 or 6 wideout anyway. But hey, at least we got a chance to relive one of the best quarterback-receiver drama stories in recent years, right?

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Posted on: July 8, 2010 9:06 am
Edited on: July 8, 2010 12:37 pm

Perpetrator in Javon Walker robbery gets life

Remember back in June 2008 when Javon Walker (currently a free agent) got beat up and robbed in Vegas? One of the men guilty of the crime was sentenced to life in prison without parole yesterday. The man’s track record may have been a tiny factor in the severity of the punishment.

That man, DeShawn Lamont Thomas, is an 11-time convict. The 42-year-old was sentenced by Clark County District Court Judge Douglas Smith as a habitual criminal.

The AP writes:

“Prosecutor Joshua Tomsheck noted Thomas had six prior felony convictions before a Nevada jury convicted him in April of first-degree kidnapping, robbery, battery, battery with intent to commit a crime, conspiracy to commit robbery and conspiracy to commit kidnapping.

Thomas is also awaiting trial on pandering, kidnapping, child abuse and statutory sexual seduction charges in Las Vegas involving a teenage girl, Tomsheck said.”

Walker, who was severely intoxicated at the time of the crime, was robbed at gunpoint of tens of thousands of dollars worth of jewelry.

--Andy Benoit

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