Could JaMarcus Russell Be The 2010 Version of 2009's Javon Walker?

Raider Card Addict@RaidercardadictSenior Writer IMay 1, 2010

KANSAS CITY, MO - SEPTEMBER 20:  Javon Walker #84 of the Oakland Raiders looks on during the game against the Kansas City Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium on September 20, 2009 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
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It is a horrible thought, but one to consider, knowing that Al Davis controls the team.

Oakland last year in the offseason heard a lot about Javon Walker, his "unknown" surgical procedure and his rant that he was ready to prove people wrong.

He played the part of his own doctor, declaring himself fit and ready for the season.

How much did he play, last year?

According to the files at www.pro-football-reference.com ,three games, one punt return.

And fumbled once.

How much money, did Javon Walker get for that fumble?

Waaaay too much.

Walker is now gone, still holding onto the belief that he can turn it around, ala Randy Moss style, for any club that might be interested.

Meanwhile in Oakland there is an elephant in the locker room, both metaphorically speaking and figuratively.

JaMarcus Russell, by some was thought to be gone by now. But, Al Davis doesn't like to admit he's made mistakes.

Like Walker, who was brought in to imitate Moss, Russell was brought in to move the club into the future as their franchise quarterback.

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Three seasons later, Russell's numbers have people wondering if Ryan Leaf is truly the biggest bust of all time, or if will Russell give it another run this year.

When Oakland made the deal for Jason Campbell, there was a number of media outlets that had said, "hey, Al is finally had it with Russell".

Not yet, and not quite.

Given that Al Davis had no problem with an expensive hood ornament on the bench last year in Walker, could Al be considering the same thing, against all logic?


However, two things do come into focus when thinking about Campbell, Russell and the team in general.

Perhaps this is Al's way of saying, "Tom, I know last year you felt if you had Bruce Gradkowski as the starter for a full season, you could get into the playoffs....what if I gave you another quarterback, let Russell play another half a season, and see if Jason could do better this time around?".

On one side of the coin, Russell could wind up hurt, soaking up money while eating hot dogs on the sideline, laughing all the way to the bank.

On the other hand, he could be on the field, performing badly and forcing Tom Cable to repeat last year's shuffle, too late to make the playoffs.

Either idea doesn't appeal well.....but since it's Al's money Russell is enjoying...Al no longer cares how his "franchise" quarterback earns it.

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