Walker Signs With Raiders

The Oakland Raiders continued to build in their reputation as the oldest team in the NFL by signing former Viking Denard Walker Friday.

When Denard Walker asked and was granted his release, the Vikings as a team became younger, because Walker, at age 30, was seen as something of an age risk.

There was no such qualms from the Raiders, who signed Walker Friday. He now joins a group of increasingly aged players that include Jerry Rice, Tim Brown, Rich Gannon, Ted Washington and Warren Sapp.

In a statement released to VU, a Raiders spokesman said the team believes Walker can still be an NFL starter and will get a new opportunity in Oakland.

Thus officially ends the one-year Walker experiment with the Vikings.

* The Vikings and the agent for Redskins LB Antonio Pierce were unable to agree on the terms of an offer sheet and the talks broke down yesterday. As a result, Friday's deadline for giving out offer sheets came and went without a deal being reached.
* Former Viking safety Robert Griffith was one of three veteran Browns players who restructured their contracts Friday. There had been speculation that if Griffith didn't re-work his deal, he would become a salary cap casualty.

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