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ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP)—The Oakland Raiders released former No. 1 overall pick JaMarcus Russell(notes) 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(notes) 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.


He will have been paid more than $39 million by the Raiders, while producing only seven wins as a starter.

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Good move for the Raiders. He's robbed them enough....they cut their loss.


The only good that can come out of this is if, in the new CBA, there's a rookie CAP or better yet a lowering of what high 1st round picks receive. That kind of money for guys who never played a down in the NFL is wrong.

Let them earn it...prove themselves...earn a roster spot.



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This dude almost doubled his weight from the time he played in college! Looks like Lane Kiffin was right when he told Al Davis not to draft him.

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