JaMarcus Russell is Proof the NFL Needs a Rookie Salary Cap

May 10, 2010   ·     ·   Jump to comments

The JaMarcus Russell experience is over in Oakland.
After wasting more than $39 million for only seven wins in 25 starts over three years, the Raiders released the top overall pick in the 2007 NFL Draft.
Oakland still owes $3 million to Russell, who 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.
Russell now joins Ryan Leaf, Tim Couch, Akili Smith, Cade McNown, and Charles Rogers as one the biggest busts in NFL history.
As a matter of fact, the entire 2007 quarterback class is looking pretty bad with Russell, Brady Quinn, Drew Stanton, Trent Edwards, and Troy Smith all flaming out. The book is still out on Kevin Kolb, who gets his chance in Philly now that Donovan McNabb is gone.
Russell's release is proof that a rookie salary cap is needed in the NFL.
Handing a 21-year-old kid like Russell a mega-bucks deal is a giant mistake. For every Peyton Manning that can hand...

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