Vikings reportedly bringing in former Packers receiver Javon Walker, who clashed with QB Brett Favre in Green Bay

A Vikings receiving corps already shrouded in uncertainty apparently is adding a wideout with 15 catches the past two seasons, a torn-up right knee and a rocky history with quarterback Brett Favre.
Not exactly a comforting solution. But the Vikings might have no choice but to welcome Javon Walker after playing without Sidney Rice (hip) and Percy Harvin (migraines) through their first two exhibition games.
Numerous reports surfaced Monday that Walker, a Pro Bowler in 2004 while catching 89 passes from Favre in Green Bay, is about to get a second chance in Minnesota.
Walker's agent, Kennard McGuire, did not respond to a phone message.
Walker, 31, played with Favre in Green Bay from 2002 to 2005, a four-year relationship that included touchdowns and tension. After Walker had 1,382 yards receiving and 12 touchdowns in 2004, Favre ripped Walker in the Green Bay Press-Gazette during the 2005 offseason for skipping a post-draft minicamp.
The Pro Bowl receiver was not a "team player," Favre said.
"If Javon wants to know what his quarterback thinks, and I would think he might, I'd tell him he's going about this the wrong way," Favre told the paper. "When his agent tells him not to worry about what his teammates think and all that stuff, I'd tell him I've been around a long time and that stuff will come back to haunt you."
Walker, then a Drew Rosenhaus client, wanted a bigger contract than one he had with remaining base salaries of $515,000 and $650,000
in 2006.
"Nowadays you're seeing more and more guys pulling that stunt," Favre said in 2005. "If guys continue to do that and are successful getting away with it, then I'll be gone, but I think the game will be ruined. My reaction to Javon's situation was, 'Here we go again.'
"Javon has tremendous potential. We got to see some of that last year. The sky's the limit for that guy, and I'd be the first to defend him, but he's going about it the wrong way. What happened to honoring your contract and saying, 'Let's work as a team to see if we can get this done?' Why not go about it that way?"
Walker eventually returned to Green Bay in 2005 but tore his anterior cruciate ligament in the season opener. He spent two seasons with the Denver Broncos from 2006-07 before joining the Oakland Raiders. He didn't catch a pass in three games in 2009.
At least Walker is familiar with the Minnesota offense after working with Favre and offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell in Green Bay.
Walker likely would compete with backups Greg Lewis and Logan Payne for playing time.
Rice, the Vikings' No. 1 receiver, remains on the physically unable to perform list. His status for the Sept. 9 opener at New Orleans is uncertain.
Harvin has missed most of the summer workouts while dealing with migraines and the death of his grandmother. He could return to practice this week.

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