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.


Jerry McDonald - NFL Writer

  • RaiderRockstar

    Kell: are you into Dave Chappelle, or are you still stuck on Richard Pryor?

  • HairyBush

    Tron: correction, I had sex with Katie too.

    Alright I’m done, I have to say that was one of the funniest skits-ever

  • Jimmy Clausen ND QB with a 6-6 record coming out, going in the top 10?, Not likely.

  • RaiderRockstar

    Kell: is Jimmy Clausen better than JaMarcus Russell?

  • Put Claussen on Oklahoma or Florida and he is the unquestioned #1 pick, IMO.

    Notre Dame’s coaching staff and defense just sucked.

  • RaiderRockstar

    if DHB could have stayed healthy and not missed the last 6 games he could have had 12 catches (like Meachem) instead of 9 catches!

  • RaiderRockstar

    yes, even with 3 different average to awful QB’s!

  • Clausen = Marinovich

  • Sam Bradford Oklahoma QB??? 2 injuries to his right shoulder, and he throws at 3/4 angle. Nah, Suh goes first.

  • But Claussen could have a little Jay Cutler in him.

    Cocky, entitled, pretty-boy spoiled QB. Nobody likes those guys.

    You need a bald, Polish guy from Western Pennsylvania.

  • HairyBush

    Vegas, Who Richard Mulligan?

  • HairyBush

    Grads will work his butt off, we will see how far it gets him. I like underdog stories, we’ll see.

  • M Lonetree

    That’s right, the Rams are set at QB with that Ryan Leaf protege Keith Null.
    Why bother drafting Sam Bradford, the most complete QB coming out college when you’ve got Null?

  • RaiderRockstar

    (03-30) 15:59 PDT Santa Clara, Calif. (AP) —

    Alex Smith and Michael Crabtree walked together step for step through the San Francisco 49ers’ locker room Tuesday after the completion of two days of organized team activity practices.

    It’s the kind of unity that’s developing rapidly between the team’s starting quarterback and the talented young wide receiver.

    Their rapport was even more apparent on the field during the previous two practices. The 49ers began 11-on-11 team drills Monday with Smith completing passes to Crabtree on each of the team’s first four plays, and that connection continued throughout the two days.

    “The more we work together, the better we get,” Crabtree said Tuesday. “We still have a long ways to go, but this offseason we’re going to put the icing on the cake.”

    The 49ers have not had a legitimate No. 1 wide receiver since Terrell Owens left the team after the 2003 season. But Crabtree, the team’s heralded 2009 first-round draft pick, is making quick progress toward becoming San Francisco’s new go-to guy.

    After missing all of training camp and the first five games last season due to a contract stalemate, Crabtree was in San Francisco’s starting lineup a week later for his NFL debut and was the team’s most productive wideout by the end of his rookie year.

    Crabtree finished his first season with 48 receptions for 625 yards and a 13.0-yard average.

    His reception and yardage totals each were the fourth-best in franchise history for a rookie wideout, and his 56.8 yards receiving per game led all NFL rookie receivers.

    Crabtree’s quick growth has carried over to the beginning of spring workouts, where he has become a central figure in the team’s passing attack.

    “This is really kind of the start of it all,” Smith said. “It’s nice to have Crab in this time of year and be able to really be on the same page and have that communication, to be able to trust that we’re going to be seeing the same thing, reacting to it, and we’re both making the same adjustments and those types of things. There’s a lot to look forward to.”

    Crabtree is looking forward to having an entire offseason to work with the team and learn his craft. He wasn’t allowed at the team facility during his contract impasse last year, missing 57 practices, four exhibition games and four regular-season games before finally joining the 49ers on Oct. 7. He then sat out San Francisco’s Oct. 11 game against Atlanta before getting on the field.

    He’s making up for lost time this spring. Already entrenched as a starter, Crabtree now is working to take his game to the next level.

    “When I first got here last year, it was all about cramming a lot in during a little amount of time,” Crabtree said. “Right now, we have the time, and I’m just taking it step by step. Every day I’m going hard trying to learn something new and get better.”

    Crabtree’s style and ability already have made an impression on backup quarterback David Carr, who joined the 49ers as a free agent this month.

    “Crab kind of reminds me of the guy I played with in Carolina, Steve Smith,” Carr said. “That body frame, able to really control what he’s doing with his body, kind of running at the pace that he needs to run at. You never feel like he’s out of control when he’s running. He knows exactly what he wants to do with his body.”

    Crabtree’s emergence gives the 49ers three young and inviting targets for the team’s passers.

    Fifth-year veteran Vernon Davis made the Pro Bowl last season after tying an NFL record for tight ends with 13 touchdown receptions, and third-year pro Josh Morgan led the team’s wideouts with 52 receptions while settling in nicely as the starter opposite Crabtree.

    But as Crabtree continues to catch on quickly, it appears his best is yet to come.

    “I’m working hard to be a big part of this offense, and I even take my playbook to bed,” Crabtree said. “Me and Alex are really going to get it in this offseason. We’ve got a lot of things ahead of us.”

    -SF Gate

  • DMAC

    Hey RR,
    Wassup w/ this Niner schit???????

  • RaiderRockstar

    49ers QB Alex Smith takes charge at OTAs. Because, hey, that’s what starting QBs are supposed to do.

    -David White (twitter)


    pair this with post #366

    Can you guys picture reading this stuff about JaMarcus Russell ???

    I can’t…

  • lefty12 Says:
    March 31st, 2010 at 12:10 pm
    But Dakota,haven’t you been paying attention,he is doing everything he is being asked to do.Personally,I’d like to read that he is doing everything he is being asked to do and more,in fact he is working his arse off trying to get better.Now that would be good news.


    Lefty, I think the next time you bump into Willie Brown you should yell “YOU LIE!” at him.


  • RaiderRockstar

    Hey RR,
    Wassup w/ this Niner stuff?


    DMAC: Alex Smith has something good going with his WR’s

    I doubt Mike Singletary wants to break that up and trade for McNabb. David Carr is making good money for a 2nd stringer. If he fell back to third string, that would be a huge waste of money and Nate Davis might be the one out of a job

  • DKnight007

    vegas raider Says:
    March 31st, 2010 at 12:04 pm
    Dez Bryant is a complete moron.

    Does this guy have an agent? What agent in their right-mind would have their client in the same state as Pacman, better yet pining about how he has never done anything wrong?

    Reminds me of the Dave Chappelle when keeping it real goes wrong segments. Dez keeping it real about Pacman might have cost him a few million dollars.

    Yeah, Dez might be a moron…..but he will be a damn good NFL player!

    Hey…sounds like he is perfect for the NFL huh?

    A moron who can make plays! LOL

  • RaiderRockstar Says:
    March 31st, 2010 at 12:31 pm
    (03-30) 15:59 PDT Santa Clara, Calif. (AP) –

    Alex Smith and Michael Crabtree walked together step for step through the San Francisco 49ers’ locker room Tuesday after the completion of two days of organized team activity practices.

    Jamarcus Russell and the pizza delivery guy walked together step for step through the Oakland Raiders’ locker room Tuesday after the completion of two days of organized team pizza parties.

  • aig

    quick heads up on McNabb….I have been trying to figure out who were the people at Raider H/Q that denied the rumors…..

    I have a good contact in the BayArea media and I was just informed that the people who denied the McNabb deal talks are legit folks at Raider HQ. We are not talking Herrera here.

    If you listen carefully in all the rumors…you will hear people say the Raiders FIT the profile for this trade due to their draft pick and their need at QB. You never heard that someone confirmed or seen an offer has been made. Nor have they confirmed that talks are underway. Everyone including shefter says the Raiders are in the lead but no one is on record of confirming an offer has been made.

    Personally, I think Al is too stubborn to admit Russell was a mistake IMO. We all know he sucks but only Al makes the decision. it is what it is.

  • RaiderRockstar

    Dakota: Agreed

    JaMarcus has great chemistry with the pizza delivery guy!

    maybe our WR’s should run routes in a dominos pizza uniform?

  • DMAC

    Did you guys check out Ocho Cinco trying to dance w/ the stars? Stick to football cuz you looked like the tin man.

  • RaiderRockstar

    trade oakland’s favorite walrus for the tin man!

  • Preaseason schedule is out:

    “The Silver and Black open the preseason schedule versus the Cowboys at Dallas in Week 1 (August 12-16) action and travel to face the Chicago Bears (August 19-23) in Week 2. The Raiders begin the 2010 home schedule against the San Francisco 49ers at the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum in Week 3 (August 26-29) before wrapping up the preseason slate against the Seattle Seahawks in Week 4 (September 2-3).”

  • RaiderRockstar

    the Raiders will not draft Eric Berry.

    Hiram Eugene (Brian Dawkins 2.0) signed his tender.


  • Of course this is Alex Smith is entering his 5th year with a 69 career passer rating. But hey……carry on.

  • DMAC

    Do you mean Stiff armed Eugene?

  • RaiderRockstar

    Felix Jones, Marion Barber, Tashard Choice, Matt Forte, Chester Taylor, Frank Gore, Glen Coffee, Julius Jones & Justin Forsett all get to run wild against our 31st ranked run defense in preseason ????

    lucky dogs!

  • DMAC

    Here’s my SLEEPER pick at the WR position…….
    Seyi Ajirotutu from Fresno State
    Could be available in the 6th or 7th round

  • RaiderRockstar

    Seyi Ajirotutu from Fresno State
    Could be available in the 6th or 7th round


    Al Davis will draft him in Round 2

  • RaiderRockstar

    Kell: Alex Smith is better than JaMarcus Russell

    write that down…

  • That’s good that the first home preseason game will be week 3.

    By that time, Bruce will already have established his hold on the starting gig, that way Jamarcus doesn’t have to get his pants booed off him as he is trying to win the gig. He will probably already have lost the “competition” by than, so nobody will care as he slugs around the second half of the game.

  • More chaos. More uncertainty. More zany Davis antics. More losing seasons.

  • RaiderRockstar Says:
    March 31st, 2010 at 12:51 pm

    Kell: Alex Smith is better than JaMarcus Russell

    write that down…
    Alex smith is entering his 5th year in the pro’s with a career 69 passer rating, 37TD and 43 ints.

    But he is white, and he doesn’t wear fur coats, so knock yourself out.

  • Traveling to Chicago is interesting. We didn’t leave the Pacific Time Zone last preseason.

  • DMAC

    Texas QB Colt McCoy completed a perfect 58-of-58 passes at the Longhorns’ Wednesday Pro Day.

    The Lions and Rams were the only two teams not represented on UT’s campus. McCoy, throwing to Jordan Shipley and current Bengals WR Quan Cosby, among others, reportedly exhibited arm strength inferior to Sam Bradford’s. NFL.com’s Gil Brandt did observe that McCoy “had really good feet and moved around well while throwing the ball.” The athletic, if diminutive and weak-armed quarterback will appeal to teams that utilize short-passing offenses.
    Source: NFL.com

  • RaiderRockstar

    Alex smith is entering his 5th year in the pro’s with a career 69 passer rating, 37TD and 43 ints.

    But he is white, and he doesn’t wear fur coats, so knock yourself out


    why is it always a race issue with you, kelly?

    post the numbers of Smith & Russell last year.

    you’d be a fool to argue that Alex Smith isn’t the better QB (regardless of skin color)

  • RaiderRockstar Says:
    March 31st, 2010 at 12:57 pm

    why is it always a race issue with you, kelly?

    post the numbers of Smith & Russell last year.

    you’d be a fool to argue that Alex Smith isn’t the better QB (regardless of skin color)
    Because race is always an issue with you and your moral judgemental assz.

  • RaiderRockstar

    so Colt McCoy & Dan LeFevour both displayed noodle arms at their Pro Days … wow

    both will still be selected before Tebow, but Tony Pike’s stock might have risen some?

  • edward teach

    Kool Kell,

    Alex Smith has worked for four different offensive coordinators since coming into the league. This year will be the first that he’s worked under the same coordinator for two consecutive seasons.

    JaMarcus is in a similar situation. The difference is that Alex Smith is working, and JaMarcus Russell is overweight and playing craps and going to concerts in Las Vegas.

    The color of his skin doesn’t mean jack. Smith may not have as much talent, but he’s not wasting the team’s money, either.

  • Edward

    Alex Smith is in his 5th year, period.

  • edward teach


    Alex Smith is working and JaMarcus Russell isn’t, period.

  • Alex Smkths is in his 5 year, and his numbers are no better than Russell’s. So don’t tell me he’s earning his money, just because you read a piece in t he SF paper, TODAY

  • RaiderRockstar

    Kell: I’ve been calling for the Raiders to trade our 2nd rounder for Donovan McNabb since his name first came up.

    I don’t think Russell sucks because he’s black. I think he sucks because he actually sucks!

    has nothing to do with race so shut your piehole, geezer

  • lol. Alex Smith is “working”. Raider fans are funny.

  • When Russell has 5 years in the league, come back and compare his numbers to Smith’s

  • But Kell, numbers, wins, losses, means nothing! Alex Smith is working! He’s working!

  • lefty12

    It is too bad people can’t ridicule Russell and his work habits without race being brought into the conversation.

  • The bigger question is, if you were at a craps table and you looked over and Jamarcus frkn Russell is throwing the dice, how do you not bet the “Don’t Pass” line?

    I mean, that would have to be the easiest bet in Vegas!!