The holdout of number one draft pick JaMarcus Russell is finally over. ESPN is reporting that Russell and the Raiders have come to terms on a six-year contract and that the former LSU QB will be on the field for the Raiders practice on Wednesday. Russell and the Raiders still have to wrap up drawing up the contract, but the deal is believed to have a maximum value of $61 million dollars. The deal was wrapped up after four days of face-to-face negotiations in the Bay Area.
Some of the other details of the deal gives Russell $31 to $32 million in guarantees, and that Russell will earn a lot more in his first three seasons with Oakland than last years number one pick – Mario Williams, will make with the Houston Texans. There are also at least $3 million in guarantees in the fourth season of the deal, and he will also make more in that time frame than the $23.35 million that Williams will pocket in his first four years.
In three seasons as starter with LSU, Russell went 493 of 797 passes for 6,625 yards, with 52 touchdown passes and 21 interceptions. Him coming to terms ends one of the longest holdouts in NFL history. It’s the longest holdout in the league since Vikings offensive tackle Bryant McKinnie held out in 2002, and ended up not reporting until he missed the first eight games of the regular season.