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JaMarcus Russell Released By Oakland Raiders

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Since the Oakland Raiders traded for Jason Campbell in April, it has been expected that the team would part ways with their former top pick in JaMarcus Russell. Now, the team has done just that as they have given Russell his walking papers and are moving on without him.

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Just a few years ago a young head coach in Lane Kiffin fired with cause by owner Al Davis as Davis dished out a public display on TV by ripping Kiffin for his failure to work with Russell. With the release, even Davis now has to admit that Russell was one of the worst selections in the Raiders rich history.

Many will question if Russell is the worst bust in the history of the NFL? When you factor in that in Russell’s era top round picks are make more than ever before, and that Russell hardly even seemed to try at times, I would have to say he is the biggest bust.

It’s sad to see a player care so little about what his legacy will be that he just waffles along as Russell did in his time in Oakland. Then again, with the money he was paid up front, he made more on that contract, guaranteed than many people will see in their entire lives.

Maybe all he cared about was that he was already set for life (as long as he’s smart with his money, and he probably isn’t) and he didn’t need to work to be a success in the NFL.

Either way, Russell is gone and Campbell will start this up c0ming season. I’m happy for the Raiders that they were able to part ways with a cancer player and start getting back to quarterbacks that give a darn about their performance. Campbell and Bruce Gradkowski may not be the teams long term solution to getting back to the Super Bowl but at least they will give you their best.

I’m sure Raider fans will appreciate their efforts this up coming season, as they have learned what it means to have a star that just doesn’t care. How sad.

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