Javon Walker: Can New Minnesota Viking Make An Impact?

Andrew TolanCorrespondent IAugust 25, 2010

ALAMEDA, CA - MAY 08:  Javon Walker #84 of the Oakland Raiders takes a break during the Raiders minicamp at the team's permanent training facility on May 8, 2009 in Alameda, California.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
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The Minnesota Vikings are going to be a good team.

The fact that they are going to be a good team has little to do with the signing of Javon Walker.


Why Sign Javon Walker?

Javon Walker wasn't originally high on the Vikings' list of potential signees.

He was brought in for a workout along with Brandon Jones and received an opportunity to sign with the team once Sydney Rice and Percy Harvin's injury issues came to light. It seemed inevitable that the offseason controversy surrounding Chargers' wideout Vincent Jackson would result in him signing with the Seahawks.

Walker hasn't had a good season since 2006 and has only had two seasons with over 1000 yards in the entirety of his NFL career.

The fact that the Vikings signed Walker speaks less about his productivity with Favre in 2004 when he reached the Pro Bowl and more to the desperation of the Vikings with their lack of sure-fire depth at the wide-receiver position.

The fact that Walker was brought in for a workout and had to prove that he was worthy of a contract before he was signed when he has a Pro Bowl on his resume exacerbates the cumulative NFL opinion on Javon Walker being pretty poor.


Favre vs. Walker

In the offseason of 2005, Walker made the decision to hold out for a better contract with the Packers. 

Favre publicly criticized this decision, Walker ended up playing for the Packers, and on the first play of that season Walker tore his ACL and missed the rest of the aforementioned season.

Favre and Walker are again on the same team half a decade later, and it's the 31-year-old Walker, not the 40-year-old Favre, who has questions surrounding what is left in the tank.

Walker caught 89 passes for 1,382 yards and 12 touchdowns in 2004 with Favre throwing him passes. 

Since then, Favre has had tumultuous offseason journeys, and successful seasons.

Javon Walker: Tumultuous offseasons and unsuccessful seasons.


What Happened to Javon Walker?

Walker has been released twice in the past three years. In 2008, Walker was released by the Broncos and in 2010, Walker was released by the Raiders. 

Due to a combination of injuries and poor performance, Walker has played 19 games over the past three seasons. Certainly not illustrious credentials for a player hoping to fill the void left by Sydney Rice.

Maybe Favre and Walker being reunited will jumpstart his career.

I tend to doubt it.


What Will Happen to the Vikings?

The Minnesota Vikings will be a playoff team this season. Favre will work with Bernard Berrian and Greg Lewis if Harvin's migraines continue to ail him and Sydney Rice's hip surgery causes him to miss more than half of the season. 

The Vikings will also be able to lean on their stout defense and the workhorse that is Adrian Peterson.

If the Vikings are successful, don't expect it to be due to the abilities of Javon Walker.  Walker is a desperation signing that will have little impact in the overall success of the team.