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Raiders Release QB JaMarcus Russell

Just two weeks after signing Jason Campbell, the Raiders have released the former #1 pick JaMarcus Russell.  It looks like Campbell will be starting again in 2010 afterall. [via ESPN]

The Oakland Raiders released former No. 1 overall pick JaMarcus Russell on Thursday, ending a three-year tenure marked by his high salary and unproductive play on the field.

Senior executive John Herrera told The Associated Press about the move and said that “we wish him well.”

The decision came less than two weeks after Oakland acquired Jason Campbell from Washington to take over at quarterback and signifies that owner Al Davis finally lost patience with the immensely talented but unproductive player he drafted first overall in 2007 against the wishes of former coach Lane Kiffin.

Russell will now likely be considered one of the biggest draft busts in NFL history, joining Ryan Leaf, Akili Smith and others on that list. He will have been paid more than $39 million by the Raiders, while producing only seven wins as a starter.


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3 Responses to “Raiders Release QB JaMarcus Russell”

  1. al davis,SHAME on you.it not only QB,HOLD TEAM AND YOU.WHAT YOU CAN DO FOR YOUR SELF,AND THE FOOTBALL WORLD TAKE A WALK ON A SHORT PEER,AND PLEASE DON’T LOOK BACK.

    • den thorn says:

      Al should leave the draft picks to the scouts and coaching staff. What the heck was george trying to say in that post?

  2. Brian says:

    I wonder what Uncle Eddie thinks about all this?

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