The Oakland Raiders finally gave up on their 2007 Overall First Round NFL Draft pick JaMarcus Russell. According to Mike Florio on the Pro Football Talk website, JaMarcus Russell has been released by Oakland and will receive $3 million of his expected $10 million for the 2010 NFL season.
The move saves Oakland $6.45 million and closes the books on their worst first round NFL Draft choice of all time. Florio discussed on Las Vegas radio station, ESPN 1100 that “Russell had been nodding off in film sessions and was not interested in competing for the starting quarterback job in Oakland.”
Cutting Russell now, also sends a clear message to the Oakland Raider’s players that they are no longer going to be handcuffed by poor decisions in their past. Oakland is looking forward and making the proper decisions to put them in a position for the next few years.
Al Davis had trouble cutting ties with JaMarcus Russell.
Al Davis and the Oakland coaching staff did all they could to create a starting quarterback out of JaMarcus Russell. The continuing trend for NFL Draft first round quarterbacks has been little or no production at the position for years if ever. First round quarterbacks in this years NFL: Draft Sam Bradford (first overall) and Tim Tebow most likely will not see action in the 2010 NFL season and both have less than a 50% chance to make it in the NFL.
Releasing Russell could free up money for a key free agent.
The move will help free up cash for Oakland, as they try to fulfill any missing needs from the NFL Draft. Oakland solidified some holes on defense and could be a year away from contending in the weak AFC West. The key position will now be quarterback and Oakland addressed that problem on NFL Draft weekend.
Jason Campbell could thrive in Oakland offense.
Oakland traded for Washington Redskin quarterback, Jason Campbell a proven NFL quarterback that was shunted aside when Washington traded for Donovan McNabb. Campbell is an Al Davis quarterback that has the arm to lengthen the field but has been criticized for not handling pressure defenses.
Look for Oakland to return to the run and gun, spread the field offense that was their calling card throughout their existence. Oakland now has two key wide receivers to stretch the field on deep out routes, in Darrius Heyward-Bey and new addition, speedy,Jacoby Ford. With these two clearing out the middle, Louis Murphy will have free reign across the middle of the field. One more key trade or free agent signing can give Oakland and new quarterback, Jason Campbell the one weapon that will help put them over the top.
ESPN 1100 Las Vegas Mike Florio interview.
www.profootballtalk.com JaMarcus Russell Finally Released.