Vikings work out Javon Walker, who had falling out with Favre in 2005
EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. -- Brandon Jones wasn't the only veteran receiver working out for the Minnesota Vikings on Friday morning.
The Vikings also worked out Javon Walker, who has been on the street since the Oakland Raiders released him in March.
Walker, 31, appeared in only three games without a catch last season and has played in only 19 games since 2007, recording 41 catches for 483 yards and a touchdown.
His last productive season was with the Denver Broncos in 2006, when he had 69 receptions for 1,084 yards and eight touchdowns. He signed a six-year, $55 million contract with Oakland in March 2008 and was a total bust, in part because of a chronic knee problem.
The Vikings' decision to work out Walker also is curious because he had a highly publicized falling out with quarterback Brett Favre when both were with the Green Bay Packers.
After Walker's 2004 Pro Bowl season, he hired agent Drew Rosenhaus, demanded a new contract or a trade and threatened to retire if he didn't get his way. Favre publicly lambasted his teammate and said he hoped the Packers didn't give in to Walker's demands.
"Maybe I'm old-school, but I always thought you honor a contract," Favre said. "Sure, sometimes guys pass you up in salary, and maybe it's a lesser player, but it's all based on what a team has as far as value in that person."
Favre added: "I would've never thought it would be a guy like Javon. I guess in this business nothing should surprise you, especially what happens when guys have a little bit of success. Some guys handle it the right way and some guys don't."
Walker subsequently showed up without a new deal and blew out a knee in the first game. He later said Favre's comments made it difficult to live in Wisconsin, where Favre (at the time) was revered.
The Vikings are short-handed because Sidney Rice (hip) is on the active/physically unable to perform list, Percy Harvin (migraines) is out again and Jaymar Johnson (broken thumb) landed on injured reserve this week.
"There are able-bodied guys," Vikings coach Brad Childress said. "We are checking the other able-bodied guys out there that we feel like are a fit for us here. You have to get ready for Plan B."