Of all the 2008 signings in free agency, Javon Walker's deal always seemed most likely to flame out.
Nevertheless, the Raiders paid $11 million up front to secure his services even though:
*He was coming off an injury plagued 2007 season after missing all of 2005 with a knee injury.
*Walker's best season was in 2004.
Things got worse for Walker when he was robbed and beaten in Las Vegas last June.
Then he offered to retire during training camp. Raiders owner Al Davis convinced him not to quit.
Now it looks like as if Davis and the Raiders are quitting Walker -- with Walker possibly collecting $17 million from the team -- or about $1.13 million for each of his 15 catches as a Raider.
NFL.com's Adam Schefter reports Walker's release could happen soon, even though it would cost the Raiders $14.16 million against the salary cap./
Walker made $1 million in base salary for the 2008 season and is due an injury-protected $5 million bonus March 3.
Walker missed eight games because of injuries and finished the season on injured reserve because of a broken ankle.
Walker is due $4 million in base salary this season.