Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Jamarcus Russell could be Released by Raiders Soon

Jamarcus Russell could be Released by Raiders SoonJaMarcus Russell, a former No. 1 overall pick in the NFL during 2007, might be on the verge of getting cut from the Oakland Raiders Roster soon. Just 12 hours earlier, Espn anounced the Latest Sports News report that Russell was set to be cut. Eventually making the Raiders to take a financial risk that is hard to swallow.

But the Raiders having a $39 million investment on him makes it uneasy for them to cut the quarterback just yet. Since the beginning of the trade for Washington Redskins' QB Jason Campbell on Saturday, Russell became the expensive man out for the Raiders. Russell is still owed $6.45 million by Oakland if he stays with the team roster this season.

Al Davis , Oakland's Managing General Partner, could be working to get Russell to take a pay cut before trainingcamp. If Jamarcus, also known as J-Rock, would agree and be at training camp, people can see firsthand if he really weighs 300 pounds, as has been reported.

Last season, after being fined, appearing overweight at training camp, he turned in the worst season by an NFL quarterback in 11 seasons. Teammates have openly questioned his work ethic. Russell only completed 48.8 percent of his passes, with three touchdowns, 11 interceptions and a 50.0 passer rating. He still has $3 million guaranteed this year to go along with a previous $36.1 million paid. He is 7-18 in 25 starts in the NFL.

Although Tom Cable, Raiders head coach, said this weekend that he's not ready to part off with the former No. 1 overall pick. He still consider for Russell to compete for the starting QB job along with Jason Campbell, Bruce Gradkowski, Kyle Boller and Charlie Frye, Cable said.

"What it comes down to is that we've got five quarterbacks now and we're going to have a great competition. There will be some decisions to be made here in the next month or so."

One of those decisions could be whether Russell and his hefty contract remains on the roster. If Russell were to get hurt during a Raiders practice in the offseason or preseason, his full salary would be guaranteed. But for now, Cable is maintaining that the team won't give up on the QB who's won just seven games in his three-year career.

It would be most difficult for Davis to cut Russell knowing that he backed the strong-armed quarterback in a public feud against coach Lane Kiffin, resulting for firing the head coach then, back in 2008. Davis had drafted Russell despite his coach's protests.

"He is a great player. Get over it and coach this team on the field," Davis read from a letter he sent Kiffin before the firing.

Last year, Davis shown some signs that he lost his patience and allowed coach Tom Cable to bench Russell midway through the season. The Raiders had no comment, and neither did Ethan Lock, Russell's agent.

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