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Javon talks Raiders

Here are some Excerpts from an interview with Javon Walker passed along by Melissa Jacobs, a former KNBR AND ESPN producer currently editing a Web site called “thefootballgirl.com.” The key quote where Raiders fans are concerned is highlighted in italics:

On his tumultuous last few years:

“Everybody needs to know that none of that was out of any wrongdoing on my part. It was just a situation where I was at the wrong place at the wrong time….I feel like I got put through the test of things that could happen to people and I bounced back.”

On time with Raiders:

“I was in an unfortunate situation in Oakland where I got put on the backburner… A lot of people know that situation when you go to Oakland so it’s not to no surprise. It wasn’t the right situation for me. . . When I was in Denver I performed. I was in Green Bay I performed, so now you’re trying to tell me that now I’m in Oakland I can’t perform? I never really got a fair chance. I’m not the first athlete who went into Oakland and all of a sudden it looked like his talents have disappeared. We can all remember, you know I’m a huge fan, with Randy Moss. People thought Randy Moss was done and look what happens when he decides to leave.”

On Oakland fans calling him Bernie Madoff (referencing contract):

“It wasn’t my fault because obviously the Raiders gave it to me. Everybody knows how Al Davis is. What fans don’t realize is when I signed that contract I offered to give it back. I don’t take money just to take it. People need to give the money back and they said no. I didn’t go into Oakland like Madoff. Somebody has got to give it to you, and they gave it to me. Last year, they didn’t put me on the field so if anybody “made-off” it was Oakland. . . People were wondering why I wasn’t dressing, well you know what, I couldn’t tell you. They just decided not to utilize my talent the way it needed to be utilized.”

On his surgery in Israel:

“I’m 100% healthy, finally, since I left Denver. People are going to say ‘Wow, that’s the Javon we remember.’ I returned 110%. That’s why if I was such a bad football player they would have let me go during training camp; they would have let me go during the season; they would have let me go during the 2009 season. So if people can read into that, if I was such a bad player they could have let me go a whole season ago. They didn’t because I came back 100 miles per hour, and they saw that every day. It’s like putting a new engine in an old car.

On the future:

“Come the 2010 season people are going to say ‘wow, this is the kid we remember and I’m going to sit back and say, hey, this was always here.’”

On what he’d say to a GM:

“Javon has never been in trouble. Javon doesn’t have a criminal record. Javon has never been caught up in anything detrimental to a team as far as my character. I’m not scared of nothing. I’ll come in there. I’ll workout with the team. Run routes for whoever I need to run to because my ability is where I need it to be. I’m the Pro Bowler who was there in Green Bay. Whatever team thinks they’re in need of a top receiver, 30 years old, in his prime, they’re going to come get me.”

On if he’d be willing to take the league minimum/incentive-laden contract:

“Yes, the thing about football right now is it’s not really about the money. Even when I went to Oakland, I said I’d give that money back. I just want to play football and utilize my talent to help a team win the Super Bowl and everything else will take care of itself.”

On being a potential fantasy sleeper:

“Fantasy is about what have you done for me lately, and I haven’t done nothing, so I just want to mess up everybody’s fantasy league wondering where he’d come from.”

The final word on Walker?

He’s probably kidding himself about his skill level. The Raiders paid him somewhere between $14 and $21 million (the club says it’s the former) and got 15 receptions in return. Easily one of the worst signings in the history of free agency, trumping even the Raiders own ill-fated acquisition of cornerback Larry Brown.

At least Walker offered to give it back.

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  • http://none The Real MaddenRaider

    Bo, really? When have I ever claimed victory in an argument just because someone didn’t post? I think that has to be the dumbest thing in the world. It’s as if the person you’re arguing with his supposed to be in here for an eternity. Like they can’t get up and take a shyt. Show me one single comment, Bo, where I’ve ever claimed to win an argument just because someone left.

  • http://www.car.org KoolKell

    Edward Teach Says:
    March 31st, 2010 at 1:40 pm

    I think he’s talking about the fact that every time someone critcizes JaMarcus Russell he automatically assumes that it’s because JaMarcus is black.
    ————————–
    WRONG! Not everybody, just the podunk peckerwood.

  • RaiderRockstar

    this isn’t 1865 or even 1965.

    Kell was born into the wrong generation. his racism rants just make him look like an idiot. we have a black president for crying out loud!

  • http://none The Real MaddenRaider

    Edward Teach, nobody has called you a racist for criticizing Russell. Ever. You’re making it up in your head. Maybe for some nefarious reason you want someone to call you a racist?

  • http://none The Real MaddenRaider

    Rockstar, what racist rants of Kells? And what does a black president have to do with anything?

  • http://none The Real MaddenRaider

    If racism can’t exist anymore because we have a black president, then according to that logic, it would mean it had to have existed when we had a white president, right? According to this standard. So, we just reelected (well, sort of) a white president in 2004. I’m supposed to believe racism has disappeared between then and now?

  • RaiderRockstar

    MR: I’m pretty sure Kell can speak for himself, unless he’s distracted by the “services” you’re providing him …

  • http://www.car.org KoolKell

    RR

    You have something to say to me?

  • http://none The Real MaddenRaider

    I’m not speaking for Kell. I’m providing commentary in response to what you’ve said about him. And what “services” am I providing Kell?

  • RaiderRockstar

    MR: the point is … times have changed

    quit living in the past like you’re oppressed or like somebody owes you something (anything)

    JaMarcus sucks. If you can watch him play for Oakland and see something different, please feel free to point that out

  • RaiderRockstar

    You have something to say to me?

    ***

    Kell: read posts #397 on down

    if you see something addressed to you, feel free to answer it

  • raiderdavenv
  • edward teach

    Ha. No, Madden I don’t for some nefarious reason want to be called a racist.

    I’m an older guy, but I was fortunate enough to be brought up in a household (in Oakland) where my sister and I were taught that the color of a person’s skin had nothing to do with the type of person they were, with what they were capable of, or how they were to be treated. I’ve tried to live my life that way, and have tried to raise my kids that way as well.

    If anything, I’m probably too sensitive to suggestions that I am by nature a racist because I’m white, and that might expain some of my response. I know it probably sounds cliche, but dismissing another human being because of their skin color or where they come from is pretty much the height of arrogance in my book.

  • http://www.car.org KoolKell

    RaiderRockstar Says:
    March 31st, 2010 at 1:49 pm

    MR: the point is … times have changed

    quit living in the past like you’re oppressed or like somebody owes you something (anything)
    ————————–
    Fuk you, I don’t need any lectures from a Republican Tea Bagger who’s never been outside 50 miles of podunk county on modern race relations.

  • http://www.car.org KoolKell

    RR

    You trailer park security guard, somebody owes me something??

    Fuk you. I got mine bytch.

  • raiderdavenv

    I heard Jagambler threw the dice and hit the croupier in the back of head

  • Seymour Bush

    Why don’t you guys give the race BS a rest?

  • ottocrat

    Screw Ryan Leaf. JaMoron is the biggest, fattest, suckiest, loser bust EVER!!!

  • RaiderRockstar

    I don’t need any lectures

    ***

    Kell: apparently you do.

    and I lived in California for 23 years before moving to “podunk” so pipe down old man. just because I live out in the country doesn’t mean I was born & raised there or think like some rednecks do

    you act like theres a confederate flag sticker and a gun rack in my truck! LOL

  • RaiderRockstar

    poor Kelly. society sure has treated you harshly, haven’t they?

    the government owes you. white people owe you

    pretty much everybody who isn’t african american (besides your wife)

    Have you ever thought that maybe people don’t respect you because you’re a hypocritical entitled classless jerk?

  • RaiderRockstar

    I guess not. that would require some self evaluation and you’re too busy judging everybody else, aren’t you Kelly?

  • edward teach

    According to PFT.com, Terrence Cody is scheduled to meet with three of the four AFC West teams.

    Anyone want to guess who he’s NOT scheduled to meet with?

  • http://atm Raider O

    RR,

    I like “rednecks”.

  • RaiderRockstar

    Anyone want to guess who he’s NOT scheduled to meet with?

    ***

    the Raiders! yippee!

  • http://www.car.org KoolKell

    RaiderRockstar

    Is the kind of peckerwood, who lectures people on morals and work ethics all day while blogging on his boss’s computer all day.

  • http://www.car.org KoolKell

    RaiderRockstar

    Is the kind of peckerwood, who lectures people on morals and work ethics all day while blogging on his boss’s computer all day.

    Then he punches out, at 5pm, sharp!

  • RaiderRockstar

    Kell: I get my work done

    don’t you worry about me

    looks like my comment about you judging everybody but yourself was spot on! haha

    i’m not surprised

  • RaiderRockstar

    Kell: please explain why JaMarcus Russell is or will be a great NFL quarterback…

    i’m still waiting (not surprisingly you turned the topic towards race last time)

  • edward teach

    I think I’ve read several reports of the Raiders meeting with and working out offensive players (maybe I should clarify; players that perform on the offensive side of the ball), most specifically o-linemen generally thought to be third rounders or later.

    Aside from a meeting with Weatherspoon, the LB from MIzzou, I can’t recall any defensive players being interviewed and/or worked out.

    Am I missing somebody?

  • RaiderRockstar

    ET: If Spoon is there at #39 , would you take him and play him at MLB?

  • maddenraiderfan

    They didn’t work out DHB or MM last year did they? I don’t think they usually work out their early round picks.

  • RaiderRockstar

    Madden: I think they did, but the media didn’t catch wind of it!

  • lefty12

    I believe they did work them out or at least watched private work outs,they just didn’t report it.

  • edward teach

    Rockstar,

    I noticed that he lined up there at times during the Senior Bowl. He didn’t seem to be uncomfortable there, looked active and involved and made a few plays. I’ve read scouting reports that say that he be utilized inside or outside but to be honest I haven’t seen him play enough to really know one way or the other.

    He is projected as a first-rounder, though, so I would imagine he’d have to slip into the 2nd for us to get a shot at him. Pretty big reach at 8 with McClain sitting there, if that’s where you want to go.

  • RaiderRockstar

    ET: I don’t like speedy undersized backers with cover skills … not at MLB anyways

    unless we draft McClain (1st), Spikes (3rd) or Micah Johnson (5th) I think we should just keep Kirk Morrison and draft a real nose tackle like Dan Williams or Terrence Cody

    run defense solved!

  • Seymour Bush

    maddenraiderfan Says:
    March 31st, 2010 at 2:14 pm

    They didn’t work out DHB or MM last year did they?
    ===========================================

    They worked out Heyward-Bey. They didn’t work out Mike Mitchell.

  • edward teach

    MLB is going to be interesting. I’m sure everybody (including Kirk Morrison) is aware that the 3rd round tender he was assigned is not exactly a ringing endorsement of his job performance over the past few years.

  • Kirk

    Please draft offensive and defensive linemen.

    Real ones, not coverted tight ends.

  • http://blstb.msn.com/i/55/90A2853B6CFBCC2AFC987BB18B832.jpg vegas raider

    I think the Raiders went to Mike Mitchell’s little private workout day.

  • http://www.car.org KoolKell

    Tuesday, March 30, 2010

    Top Ten Republican National Committee Excuses

    10.”We’re fat dumb rich guys, nuff said?”

    9.”Thought ‘SM’ door was Senator McCain’s office”

    8.”It wasn’t a sex club, just a regular club where grown men tickle each other”

    7.”Scott Brown raved about the place”

    6.”The Sheraton’s meeting rooms were already booked”

    5.”I’m sorry, Ricky Martin in gay?

    4.”Abraham Lincoln routinely spent $2,000 a night in sex clubs”

    3.”We’re fat dumb rich guys, nuff said?”

    2.”If we can’t spend donor money at a sex club, the terrorists have won”

    1.”Research for pending legislation ‘No Stripper Left Behind’”

  • inonewordraider

    Henderson Gallery Satele Iupati Barnes
    Schilens Murphy Miller
    Gradkowski
    DMAC Bush

    Shaughnessey Cody Kelly Seymour
    Wimbley Morrison Howard
    Johnson Aso
    Branch Huff

  • Seymour Bush

    # vegas raider Says:
    March 31st, 2010 at 2:29 pm

    I think the Raiders went to Mike Mitchell’s little private workout day.
    =================================================

    That is true.

  • Senior Beeecham

    Wow, this is awesome!

    I finally get to check the blog after indulging in an hot afternoon adult feature on my plasma with two Dutch lingerie models, and Krappy is melting WAY WAY down!

    Krappy, have some dignity, you crusty old fool! Being an old angry racist is no way to suffer through life!

    Man, you’re such a sad old dude.

    And trust me, Krap, having a loser like RMR stick up for you is not helping your “rep” in the slightest.

    At least when you begged Jhill to defend you, it wasn’t 100% laughable.

    Got it, you old crusty freak? Sweet!

  • edward teach

    I’d be wiiling to bet that both Cody and Rolando McClain end up in the AFC West, and neither one with the Raiders.

    I doubt they’ll end up on the same team, but if they did it would be Denver. Wouldn’t that be fun twice a year?

  • RaiderRockstar

    inonewordraider: solid draft if we could manage to get both Iupati & Cody!

  • RaiderRockstar

    ET: I can see Oakland getting Bruce Campbell, Jahvid Best & Jacoby Ford in the first 3 rounds.

    then a few DB’s and tweener LB’s in rounds 4-7

  • http://media-2.web.britannica.com/eb-media/63/60563-004-52A399D4.jpg Dakota

    McNabb’s Just Not That Into Us: TMZ
    By JOE KUKURA
    Updated 2:00 PM PDT, Wed, Mar 31, 2010

    “The Oakland Raiders’ widely reported pursuit of Donovan McNabb may be in jeopardy because McNabb would refuse to play for the Raiders, according to a breaking Internet report from an important news-gathering organization.

    And this breaking Internet report comes to you from the same important news-gathering organization that also broke the blockbuster story that Jesse James’ third mistress did not really have sex with a monkey.

    Yes, TMZ.com, the sleazy gossip site that usually reports on stories like whether Octomom will do a porn movie, has taken to covering the Oakland Raiders. Their latest report claims that Donovan McNabb would refuse a rumored trade to the Raiders, and would not play for Oakland.

    “A source close to McNabb tells TMZ, ‘He does NOT want to play for the Raiders and would refuse the trade’,” according to the report.

    Now any Raiders fan with two memories of the Richard Seymour saga to rub together can tell you that a pro football player cannot refuse a trade. Sure, TMZ.com has done some groundbreaking working coming up with funny headlines, but they obviously don’t know the first thing about contract and trade considerations within the current NFL Collective Bargaining Agreement.

    And TMZ.com wasn’t done with the Raiders yet. Wednesday morning they tried to stoke another JaMarcus Russell scandal by publishing pictures of Russell in a late-night gambling binge at a high-stakes Vegas craps table.

    That doesn’t even bother Raiders fans anymore. As long as Russell’s late-night binges are at a craps table instead of a Taco Bell, we actually consider that progress.”

  • RaiderRockstar

    new post!

  • DKnight007

    KoolKell Says:
    March 31st, 2010 at 2:32 pm
    Tuesday, March 30, 2010

    Top Ten Republican National Committee Excuses

    10.”We’re fat dumb rich guys, nuff said?”

    9.”Thought ‘SM’ door was Senator McCain’s office”

    8.”It wasn’t a sex club, just a regular club where grown men tickle each other”

    7.”Scott Brown raved about the place”

    6.”The Sheraton’s meeting rooms were already booked”

    5.”I’m sorry, Ricky Martin in gay?

    4.”Abraham Lincoln routinely spent $2,000 a night in sex clubs”

    3.”We’re fat dumb rich guys, nuff said?”

    2.”If we can’t spend donor money at a sex club, the terrorists have won”

    1.”Research for pending legislation ‘No Stripper Left Behind’”

    ^^^^^^^^^
    LOL…..#1 should say at the end…..”including Sarah Palin”!

    Heyoooooo!

  • souldogdave

    Javon Walker pissed off the boss, plain and simple. Al Davis will wield his power,and he will cut off his nose to spite his face.”Off with his head”, he bellowed.There are only so many winters of discontent left for you, Mr.Davis, rise above your rightous indignation and make the hard decisions, and PLEASE delegate to trusted professionals.