On Thursday it was reported that the Minnesota Vikings were scheduled to workout former Titans and 49ers wide receiver Brandon Jones.
Following up on that report, former Pro Bowl wide receiver, Javon Walker, is also scheduled for a workout today (Friday) for the Vikings.
With the injuries to Sidney Rice (hip) and Percy Harvin (migraine) becoming somewhat of an issue, Minnesota will need depth if the two are expected to miss a certain amount of time.
Currently, Greg Lewis and Bernard Berrian are Minnesota's two wide receiver's. Although they are not a terrible duo together, the Vikings clearly need Rice and Harvin back as soon as possible.
Despite neither Jones or Walker being a "big deal" right now, both at one point in their careers were to signed to big contracts.
However, when Brandon signed with the 49ers, he hardly even saw the field. Recently, San Francisco's front office admitted that they made an incredible mistake when they signed him to a 5-year, $16.5 million deal.
Jones was cut on that very day.
As for Walker, he has definitely received his fair share of ups-and-downs during his eight-year career.
His best season came with the Green Bay Packers in 2004 where he caught 89 balls for 1,382 yards, and 12 touchdowns. Walker was selected to the Pro Bowl that year.
In the first game of the 2005 season, Javon suffered an ACL injury that ended his season and career with the Green Bay Packers.
On April 29, 2006, Green Bay traded Walker to the Denver Broncos for a second-round-pick in that years draft. He signed a five-year deal worth more than $40 million, which included roster bonuses totaling $15 million in 2007 and 2008.
In his first season with the Broncos, Walker recorded 69 receptions for 1,084 yards, and eight touchdowns.
The following year, he managed only 287 yards on 26 catches. With that said, he only played in eight games that year.
On February 29, 2008, the Broncos decided to cut Walker after failing to find a trade-partner for the injury-prone receiver.
Four days later, Javon signed a ridiculous six-year, $55 million deal that included $16 million in guaranteed money with the Oakland Raiders.
Walker rarely ever saw the field with Oakland. Injuries and personal issues caused him to have some of the worst games in his entire career.
He was finally released on March 8, 2010.
Brandon Jones was taken with the 96th overall pick by the Tennessee Titans in the 2005 draft.
In his rookie season with the Titans, Jones totaled 23 catches for 299 yards, and two touchdowns in ten games played, including eight starts.
During his next three years with Tennessee, Brandon recorded 89 receptions for 1,081 yards, and seven touchdowns.
Despite these being very mediocre numbers, San Francisco thought that they had something special when they signed him to a five-year, $16.5 million deal on February 28, 2009.
In his one and only season with the 49ers, Brandon Jones caught a total of one pass.
No, you are not reading that wrong. In eight games, Jones caught just one pass for 18 yards.
It's safe to say that this is one of the worst free agent signings in NFL history. The mystery of what San Francisco saw in Jones during the 2008 offseason still remains.
On August 18, 2010, Jones was released from the 49ers, like I mentioned earlier in the article.
With Minnesota slightly thin at wide receiver right now it's really no surprise that they are working-out wide receiver's.
There's a great chance that neither Javon Walker or Brandon Jones will make the roster. If I had to guess, I would say that Jones would have the better chance of the two to make the team.
Personally, I don't feel like either one of these guys is needed whatsoever. Bernard Berrian, Greg Lewis, Logan Payne, and Marko Mitchell should do just fine if Sidney and Percy aren't healthy anytime soon.
You'll likely find out how both of their workouts went later on today.
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