Walker is no stranger to QB Brett Favre, who helped make Walker a star in Green Bay. But, while the two were winning games with the Packers, a rift between them was created prior to the 2005 season. Coming off a breakout season in 2004, Walker staged a minicamp holdout in search of a restructured contract. Favre was publicly critical of Walker for holding out and, when he did return prior to the regular-season opener, a torn ACL ended his season before it could get going.
As it turned out, that would be the last pass Favre completed to Walker. He was traded to Denver and then signed a huge free-agent contract with the Raiders that turned out to be good money gone bad.
The two are now reunited with the Vikings, but their feud is long since over. Walker said it's all water under the bridge at this point.
"That was over back in Green Bay," Walker said. "That was just something that was going over and everybody knows in the NFL it's always a business decision, at that time being years ago. But we've been over that. I'm excited to be here and reconnect where we left off in Green Bay."
Favre echoed those words. When asked if he and Walker have "buried the hatchet," he said there's no reason for concern because that fence was mended years ago.
"There was never any hatchet to bury," Favre said. "Javon and I are good friends. We stayed in contact long after he left (Green Bay). That makes for good TV stuff, but he and I are fine. I think he can help us. I want him to have a great year. He deserves it. He's a great guy and what happened in the past is long over with. We need him, as we need a lot of these guys, to have a productive year I order for us to be good. I'm happy to have him."
John Holler has been writing about the Vikings for more than a decade for Viking Update. Follow Viking Update on Twitter and discuss this topic on our message boards. To become a subscriber to the Viking Update web site or magazine, click here.