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Raiders' Javon Walker Set to Retire; Al Davis Talks Him Out Of It

Aug 2, 2008 – 1:04 PM
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Interesting story from Raiders camp: WR Javon Walker was set to retire last Thursday but owner Al Davis talked him out of it.

Walker was so unhappy about his performance during training camp that he stated he was willing to give the Raiders back his $11 million signing bonus.

This comes a few months after Walker was allegedly abducted, assaulted and robbed in Las Vegas. He suffered "significant injuries" to his face, was concussed and left for dead in the street. He was also in the car that teammate Darrent Williams was shot and killed in last year.

I can see why Walker has a lot on his mind and you can see why he may be under-performing during camp. Oakland did sign him to a six-year deal worth $55 million ... so they are expecting him to be a big part of the team. And, while it it is always easy to be critical of Al Davis, it is quite commendable that he reached out to Walker to keep him on the football field.

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