Report says Raiders set to dump former first overall pick QB Russell

When the Raiders over the weekend acquired former Redskins QB Jason Campbell, right away the rumor mill began to churn about what the team was going to do with former first overall pick JaMarcus Russell. Well, it appears that question is about to be answered, as John Clayton of ESPN is reporting that the team is going to simply cut ties with Russell:

The Oakland Raiders are preparing to release quarterback JaMarcus Russell but have to await the final word to release him from owner Al Davis, according to sources.

Russell is on the books for $9.45 million this season, including $3 million of guaranteed money. Since trading for former Washington Redskins quarterback Jason Campbell on Saturday, the Raiders have studied Russell’s contract and tried to figure out ways to release him to save the organization some money.

If he gets the $3 million (and sources expect that he will), Russell will have been paid $39 million since coming to the team as a first-round pick in 2007.

The Raiders have a minicamp Friday and it’s very possible Russell could be released before then. If Davis doesn’t give the go-ahead to release him before Friday, he might attend the minicamp, but the team might not let him practice, fearing that he would suffer an injury and leave the team liable for the $9.45 million in salary.

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