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The bar is set

With Calvin Johnson having agreed to a six-year contract with a $27.1 million in guaranteed money with the Detroit Lions, the Raiders and JaMarcus Russell can get serious about coming to agreement on a contract.

Raiders owner Al Davis refuted the idea that the Raiders were low-balling Russell, saying Russell’s absence had to do with issues of forfeiture should the quarterback flame out for reasons outside of football.

Others familiar with the negotiations claim the Raiders have yet to make a legitimate fair market offer for the top pick in the draft, particularly one that plays quarterback.

Negotiations being what they are, with each side speaking in such a way to better their position, the truth probably lies somewhere in between.

With Johnson’s deal done, excuses have run out.

More from camp later . . .

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Jerry McDonald - NFL Writer