Raiders Blog and Q&A

News, observations and reader questions about the Oakland Raiders

March 6, 2009
Why Walker over T.O.?

This would seem to be a simple argument:

A team that needs a wide receiver would take Terrell Owens over Javon Walker 10 times out of 10.

But that's probably not the the route the Raiders are going to take.

I'm not convinced the team won't at least look into adding Owens, but as for now, Walker is going to be the big-name veteran amongst the receivers.

Why? Let's try to make sense of such a decision.

*The Raiders have already paid Walker $12 million. How much money do the Raiders want to spend on wide receivers?

*Outside of his contract demands after his best season (2004) Walker hasn't been labeled a divisive presence. He complained in his last season in Denver, but he never split a locker room.

*Walker's distractions might be bizarre - like wanting to retire a week into training camp - but nothing that could be called disruptive.

(I don't include him being robbed in Las Vegas last year because any of us can be the victim of a crime).

*Walker has been publicly supportive of JaMarcus Russell. I'm not sure there is a quarterback Owens likes.

*Perhaps the Raiders are trying to keep some continuity around Russell? Just a thought.

*And the most important thing is Walker has already agreed to a paycut.

So go ahead, moan and complain about Walker still being a Raider. Or would you prefer the team bring Jerry Porter back?

Then again, I still contend the former Cowboy that makes sense for the Raiders is DT Tank Johnson, not Owens or Roy Williams.

Williams might help against the run, but if your defense is depending on a safety to save the run defense, that means there are plenty of problems up front.

*Reports are Bruce Cooper, the father of missing Raiders LB Marquis Cooper has called off the search based on "new" information.

*As I reported yesterday, there's still nothing imminent with OT Khalif Barnes in spite of mutual inerest. (That statement probably guaranteed Barnes will sign as soon as this is posted).

If the Raiders sign Barnes, they might be inclined to draft a wide receiver in the first round. But if OT Andre Smith falls to No. 7, the Raiders could upgrade at tackle quickly with he and Barnes.

*The San Francisco Chronicle reports OG Robert Gallery and RB Justin Fargas have restructured their contracts to give the Raiders cap relief.

What will the Raiders do with the space? Nothing for now.

--Jason Jones

About Comments

Reader comments on are the opinions of the writer, not The Sacramento Bee. If you see an objectionable comment, click the "report abuse" button below it. We will delete comments containing inappropriate links, obscenities, hate speech, and personal attacks. Flagrant or repeat violators will be banned. See more about comments here.

What You Should Know About Comments on is happy to provide a forum for reader interaction, discussion, feedback and reaction to our stories. However, we reserve the right to delete inappropriate comments or ban users who can't play nice. (See our full terms of service here.)

Here are some rules of the road:

• Keep your comments civil. Don't insult one another or the subjects of our articles. If you think a comment violates our guidelines click the "report abuse" button to notify the moderators. Responding to the comment will only encourage bad behavior.

• Don't use profanities, vulgarities or hate speech. This is a general interest news site. Sometimes, there are children present. Don't say anything in a way you wouldn't want your own child to hear.

• Do not attack other users; focus your comments on issues, not individuals.

• Stay on topic. Only post comments relevant to the article at hand. If you want to discuss an issue with a specific user, click on his profile name and send him a direct message.

• Do not copy and paste outside material into the comment box.

• Don't repeat the same comment over and over. We heard you the first time.

• Do not use the commenting system for advertising. That's spam and it isn't allowed.

• Don't use all capital letters. That's akin to yelling and not appreciated by the audience.

You should also know that The Sacramento Bee does not screen comments before they are posted. You are more likely to see inappropriate comments before our staff does, so we ask that you click the "report abuse" button to submit those comments for moderator review. You also may notify us via email at Note the headline on which the comment is made and tell us the profile name of the user who made the comment. Remember, comment moderation is subjective. You may find some material objectionable that we won't and vice versa.

If you submit a comment, the user name of your account will appear along with it. Users cannot remove their own comments once they have submitted them, but you may ask our staff to retract one of your comments by sending an email to Again, make sure you note the headline on which the comment is made and tell us your profile name.

hide comments

On October 14, The Sacramento Bee will temporarily remove commenting from While we design the upgrade, we encourage you to tell us what you like and don't like about commenting on and other websites. We've heard from hundreds of you already and we're listening. Please continue to add your thoughts and questions here. We also encourage you to write Letters to the Editor on this and other topics.

About Raiders Blog and Q&A

Matt Kawahara was born in Sacramento and attended McClatchy High School and UC Berkeley, where he wrote for the independent student paper The Daily Californian. He graduated from Cal in 2010 and started at The Sacramento Bee as a summer intern. He joined The Bee's sports staff in fall 2011.

Raiders stories on

October 2013

Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat
    1 2 3 4 5
6 7 8 9 10 11 12
13 14 15 16 17 18 19
20 21 22 23 24 25 26
27 28 29 30 31