Thursday, May 6, 2010

NFL Draft Bust Jamarcus Russell released by Raiders

NFL Draft Bust Jamarcus Russell released by RaidersOn the Latest Sports News with JaMarcus Russell’s career in Oakland, the Raiders officially released him on Thursday. The Raiders made him the No. 1 overall pick in the 2007 NFL draft.

For three years playing as a starting QB for the Raiders, he only managed to win seven times. Although technically decision were already made by skeptics two weeks since Oakland acquired Jason Campbell from Washington to take over at quarterback.

Al Davis may have become loveless to the stronged armed but unproductive player he drafted in 2007. This verdict might make him the NFL’s biggest draft bust to date, paying him more than $39 million for three years of service. He would now be joining the likes of Ki-Jana Carter, Ryan Leaf, Akili Smith, Charles Rogers, Tony Mandarich, and Heath Shuler on that list.

On the last week’s minicamp, Russell told that he would keep showing and coming to work until they told him to stop. In the first five practices, he looked pretty decent but in the weekend he got less work and eventually cut ties with him. “We wish him well,” John Herrera said, senior executive of the Raiders.

Russell got paid $36.4 million by the Raiders through last season. Even though they still owe him $3 million more, making his total earnings at about $39.4 million. The team was still able to save $6.45 million by cutting him before the 2010 roster inclusion deadline. Since the start of the 1967 common draft only Indianapolis top pick Steve Emtman in 1992 was released this quickly after three seasons in the NFL, but that was due to injuries. He played his three seasons with Miami and Washington.

Besides winning for only seven games for 25 starts, he extended the Raiders and NFL-worst streak to loose atleast 11 games for seven straight seasons. It still a blurr for now whether any team will give Russell another shot since he's only 24.

Russell won only seven of his 25 starts as the Raiders extended an He completed just 52.1 percent of his passes in his career with 18 touchdowns, 23 interceptions, 15 lost fumbles and a passer rating of 65.2. That means Russell has been paid more than $5 million per win, more than $2 million per touchdown pass and more than $100,000 per completion.


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