Don’t you just hate the “he-said, she-said” stuff? Depending who you listen to or believe, Raider draft pick quarterback JaMarcus Russell is very close to a deal or he is nowhere close to signing a contract at all. According to Steve Corkran of the Contra Costa Times, there seems to be two sides to this story. Ray Russell, Russell’s uncle and advisor (maybe it is just me but why would you have your uncle steering your career path?) told the Times, “(The Raiders) realize they have dropped the ball, and they started negotiating in good faith. They’ve done more talking in the last week and a half than the previous three months. It’s almost done.”
On the other hand, Raiders head coach Lane Kiffin seems to think otherwise, saying, “I wouldn’t say closer. It’s just continuing the same thing. Our people are still negotiating with his agents, and they feel progress is being made. But I’ve come out here and said that before and it’s been two months or whatever since the first time I said that.” Regardless of what really happened – the Raiders and Team Russell need to get this resolved as soon as humanly possible. The longer they take, the longer it will take Russell to get acclimated to the Raiders’ offensive plan. Not to mention that with the team’s QB situation being tenuous at best, it is imperative that both parties get it done.