Oakland Raiders Finally Release JaMarcus Russell

May 6, 2010   ·     ·   Jump to comments

I said it wouldn't happen, but I stand corrected —and elated!
ESPN and the NFL Network are now reporting that the Oakland Raiders have released former No. 1 overall pick JaMarcus Russell. This move doesn't surprise too many people, but I certainly was a little shocked. Not because I think Russell deserves to remain on the roster, but because I thought Al Davis wasn't willing to give up on him just yet.
I was wrong, and thrilled to be so!
Russell has never come close to living up to the expectations that are placed on all No. 1 picks. He held out of preseason camp as a rookie (where he often arrives overweight and out of shape) and he has shown not a modicum of interest in perfecting his craft.
His career stats were less than pedestrian: 25 starts, a record of 7-18, 52.1 percent completion percentage, 18 touchdowns, 23 interceptions, 25 fumbles, and a career passer rating of 65.2.

With numbers like these, it's a wonder he lasted this long.

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