JaMarcus Russell Is the New NFL Poster Boy for a Rookie Salary Cap

May 8, 2010   ·     ·   Jump to comments

Former Oakland Raiders quarterback and No. 1 overall pick in the 2007 NFL Draft JaMarcus Russell is the new poster boy for the NFL's need to implement a rookie salary cap as soon as the 2011 NFL Draft.
Highly touted at LSU in 2007, Russell was a big physical specimen with a cannon of an arm who was highly productive—to the tune of a career quarterback rating of 147.9 in college.
After getting picked No. 1 overall by the Raiders, they rewarded their new franchise quarterback with a six-year, $68 million contract, with $31.5 million of that guaranteed.
Sadly, after three years in the NFL, Russell was cut by the Raiders after leading them to a 7-18 record while under center—not the type of career start a young and promising arm should have.
The NFL needs to stick posters of Russell up all over their offices as a reminder that a rookie salary cap is needed so the "bust" label can be lessened due to smaller amounts of money being invested into these young...

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