Only pay cut keeps Russell around

With Jason Campbell aboard and rightly believing he will be the Raiders starting quarterback, the only way JaMarcus Russell sticks around is by agreeing to a pay cut _ something he said he wouldn’t do last year.

Russell is due $9.45 million this year but has $3 million guaranteed.

If he were to agree to play and “compete,” accepting only that $3 million, Russell could conceivably stick around.

It would serve as an acknowledgement on Russell’s part that he’s given less than his best and a good faith gesture given his lack of performance.

If Russell says no, he’d still collect his $3 million plus a minimum salary somewhere else.

That’s a gamble, however, if Russell truly wants an NFL career.

If there are no takers and Russell sits out an entire season, he’s done, and Ryan Leaf can step aside as the biggest bust in NFL draft history.


Jerry McDonald - NFL Writer

  • fat kidd

    raiders22 Says:
    April 24th, 2010 at 1:50 pm
    they showed blount on the phone earlier, was it al?

    we only have 2 rb’s..

    ………………………………………….with marshawn lynch trade coming that will make 3

  • DKnight007

    Guy Says:
    April 24th, 2010 at 1:51 pm
    Who will be our linebackers in 4-3? They will probably abuse Scott and Wimbley if they are starting at OLB. This will also be McClain’s first time in a 4-3 I think and this one is man based.

    Mclain stayed in when they ran a 4-3 at Alabama, thats the why he is solid….he is scheme diverese who can play all 3 downs!


    but we r big n fast

  • fat kidd

    RaiderLen Says:
    April 24th, 2010 at 1:53 pm
    So if JaMarcus is cut…what’s the epitaph. “He went as far as His Golden Arm could take Him and when the Arm asked for help JaMarcus repaid the Arm with indifference
    …………………………he will be famous for PASS THE GRAVY

  • http://www.wix.com/GGEden/ggeden GG

    Russell for Lynch straight swap.


    now get the og from jets that got cut

  • Try Some Reality

    Well I thought Russell would stick around inspite of the J.Campbell pick up, but it seems his fait is pretty much sealed. Too bad,,I was routing for him to atleast turn it around & redeem himself, but its probably not gonna happen in Oakland. He was drafted into a no win situation anyway so maybe a change of scenery & a fresh new start would be the best thing for him. I hope Campbell is ready because the second he throws a pick, he’ll get called everything but Jason Campbell (see JaMarcus Russell). Good luck brotha! Welcome to the Nation.
    Riiiiiiiiiight. He couldn’t help but fail in Oakland. Here we go fellas. The JaPorker apologists are here. You can stop speculating on what will happen if Campbell fails. No way in heck he comes close to the ineptness of Russell for one. And second, he at least has enough class not to blame his teammates and claim that there’s nothing wrong with his play. Campbell has a head on his shoulders. Russell has his head firmly planted up his azz.

    But you keep on making excuses. I imagine some of you will keep this up right until he’s escorted out of this league as the biggest bust in league history, both figuratively and literally.

  • VaRaider

    Zach Miller will be a pro bowler finally.


    what player that was there at the time of r pick that was passed that made u the most mad.me conner fb then jets take him.


    gotta go black with this pic

  • http://www.wix.com/GGEden/ggeden GG

    Here we go our pick…

  • http://www.wix.com/GGEden/ggeden GG

    Been a huge run on DTs this 7th round so far

  • Guy

    2 more picks, and I got the most made when they didnt pick NT Cam Thomas and took McFadden instead. Ill be mad if they don’t take a NT here or a big strong guard, and get a NT later in FA.

  • RaidingTexas

    Oakland on the clock!

  • fat kidd

    free agents still out there flozell adams,kevin mawae,brian westbrook,etc.etc.

  • PassTheCheetos

    Raiders are on the clock.

  • Pretty Rick

    Try some Reality,,,

    Did I apologize for Russell not working out or did I say I was routing for him to turn it around? Dont twist my words around son.

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  • 504 Raider

    LMFAO! Did you guys see Rich Eisen on NFL network? They had the cameras make their faces huge from the top of head then the bottom. Eisen did Cable with the big bottom face. That sh1t had me rollin.

  • Guy

    Stevie Brown?? who?


    or cater og

  • SD_Raider_619


  • VaRaider

    Stacking up on D, excellent

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I3ng4yHw2xk&feature=PlayList&p=E565EF0DE2F587FA&playnext= Raider75

    LOL! Al is in love with DB

  • RaiderLen

    Raiders are shot gunning to fill the one DB position.


    oops i peed who

  • SD_Raider_619

    I swear AL thinks is the first day of the draft jajajaajaja

  • Guy

    Ciron black or brandon carter better be undrafted.

  • fat kidd

    s.routt for marshawn lynch

  • http://www.wix.com/GGEden/ggeden GG

    See this is what angers me with Al, he always drafts about 3+ DBs every draft, always looking to upgrade the bar on DBs, but he needs to do that with the OL for like 2 or 3 seasons, for the same reason.

  • http://atm Raider O

    Another DB?!

  • No Mas Diamante

    head scratcher. another strong saftey?


    well i give us an a minus

  • lefty12

    The 2nd 7th rd pick.Who cares?He probably won’t make the team anyway.Now lets see what we get with UDFA.

  • Try Some Reality

    Rick – twist your words around?
    “He was drafted into a no win situation..”

    Did you not write that? What does that mean to you? You just said he was in a no-win situation, hence he could not have possibly succeeded here in Oakland. Is that not an excuse. Re-read your own comment, son.

  • raidertbone

    Let’s see — our choices are paying Ja-worthless $3 million and letting him walk or paying him $9 million and letting him take up a roster spot while continuing to suck the life out of the team. I think even Al can come to a quick resolution on that one — cut Ja-worthless before the camp starts!

  • 30 year raider


  • fat kidd

    j russell wants pay raise?

  • fat kidd

    detroit has last pick mr. irrelevant and they take-j russell

  • Carl Weathers

    lefty12 Says:
    April 24th, 2010 at 2:08 pm
    The 2nd 7th rd pick.Who cares?He probably won’t make the team anyway.Now lets see what we get with UDFA.

    Is this sarcasm? If not it should be!

  • 30 year raider



  • Carl Weathers

    Cut Russell before any team meetings, OTA’s or whatever.

    Actually fvck that, cut him now, get his name off the website.

  • 30 year raider

    # Carl Weathers Says:
    April 24th, 2010 at 2:25 pm

    Cut Russell before any team meetings, OTA’s or whatever.

    Actually fvck that, cut him now, get his name off the website.

    THATS IT!!!!!cut that big fat gorilla right now!!!!!!

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  • manassamauler

    7th round picks MATTER! the best WR on our team Chaz sclinens was drafted in round 7

  • raidertbone

    I guess Raider Image will now have to put a clearance sale on all those JaMarcus pom tobaggans! Boy, I hope they sell well!

  • HiplainsDrifter

    I would def tell him to take a pay cut and if he accepts, he can continue to eat as much as he wants and convert him to out DT that we always needed. One big azz clogger up the middle. Otherwise, adios and unfortunately all those millions you stole from Mr. Davis and the Raider Nation.


  • bayraiderx

    Send his lard ass back to Texas & ask for a refund.

  • raidersnyc

    I can’t wait till not only is he off the team but we read about him in 5 years filing bankruptcy. He deserves all the bad luck he gets.

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