Raiders confirm Walker; Boller a possibility

Without getting into the specifics of the contract numbers the Raiders confirmed that Javon Walker has restructured his contract and will return to the team in 2009.

“This shows Javon’s loyalty and commitment to our football team,” senior executive John Herrera said Thursday. “He’s coming off a season where he was injured, but he’s been productive in the past and it’s not a stretch to think he could be back to that level.”

Walker originally had a salary cap figure of $10.833 million and was due a $5 million signing bonus and a $4 million salary.

Regardless of how the numbers were changed (or cut), the Raiders will be on the hook for at least $1.833 million against the cap _ the pro-rated amount of the original $11 million signing bonus. His salary will also count against the cap.

Market value aside, the give-back is believed to be significant, at a figure much higher than those of previous years which were accepted by other players, including running back LaMont Jordan.

In other developments, Charlie Frye wasn’t the only quarterback who has visited the Raiders of late. Former Cal quarterback Kyle Boller also paid a recent visit to Alameda.

Boller spent last year on the injured reserve list of the Baltimore Ravens. He started the preseason opener but hurt his shoulder in a later preseason game against Minnesota.

His days were numbered the moment the Ravens drafted Joe Flacco out of Delaware.

In 53 career games (with 42 starts) Boller has completed 56.9 percent of his passes for 7,846 yards, 45 touchdown passes and 44 interceptions.

Raiders quarterbacks currently under contract aside from Russell are Andrew Walter and free agent acquisition Bruce Gradkowski.

The Raiders had no comment about the availability of Terrell Owens, who still hasn’t officially been on the official league wire. Owner Jerry Jones confirmed to NFL.com that Owens has been released.


Jerry McDonald - NFL Writer