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Only pay cut keeps Russell around

By Jerry McDonald - NFL Writer
Saturday, April 24th, 2010 at 1:09 pm in Oakland Raiders.

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.

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  • fat kidd

    now with campbell a raider we need redskins on are schedule

  • DKnight007

    Someone tell the old man Al it is time to go to the bathroom and then take a nap before this last pick!

    LOL!

  • Nnamdi21

    Dizzying draft. Very happy with Mr Davis’s moves this week end. AWESOME…

    Going to celebrate with some super silver haze and a little “God pot”.

    Peace owt!

    Its a good day to be a Raider…

  • DKnight007

    Draft Blount, Carter, Black or a FAT NT type like Jay Ross who are POWER guys who can move the pile and will play with a chip on their shoulders!

  • fat kidd

    i have a j russell shirt FOR SALE any takers?

  • stoopidmike

    edward teach Says:
    April 24th, 2010 at 1:32 pm
    StoopidMike,

    Shanny didn’t trade with us. Bruce Allen did.

    I doubt Shanahan cares one way or another where Jason Campbell ended up. He’s got his West Coast qb in McNabb, so it doesn’t really matter.
    ———————————————
    True dat,but dont underestimate shanny.He def has say on that team,or he wouldnt be there.He’s hands on.Allen is mainly a salary cap genius.Shanahan has personnel control for sure,thats his M.O

  • SD_Raider_619

    I have a Morrison and Rusell jersey for sale!! I thought i would have a Mcfadden too but they kept him around jajajaja

  • RaiderLen

    fat kidd Says:
    April 24th, 2010 at 1:36 pm
    i have a j russell shirt FOR SALE any takers?
    =================================================
    I’ve always wanted a circus tent. How much?

  • ALSSOUL

    GOD BLESS AL YOU R THE BEST NFL MIND EVER

  • fat kidd

    anybody wearing campbells number

  • http://raiders.com A.B. Paine II

    The Raiders could be 7-2 at the bye week.

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

    Sean Canfield to the Saints.

    Would be okay with Jarrett Brown, but we need OG/C or NT.

  • Try Some Reality

    Bye Russell. I might just buy tickets now.

  • RaiderLen

    Lets get the kid Carter from T Tech.

    He has the Raider look.

    He would at least push Carlisle and Walker.

  • stoopidmike

    Lets draft Jeff Samardzija.He cant pitch,might pull a drew henson and come back to football

  • DKnight007

    Just need to draft a player who provides a PHYSICAL POWER presence here with this last pick!

  • fat kidd

    i have a j russell shirt FOR SALE any takers?

    it has chocolate sauce all over the front so im selling it as a j russell wore it

  • Guy

    Jay Ross or Jeff Owens
    Ciron Black
    Brandon Carter
    Tony Washington
    Jarret Brown
    Donovan Warren

  • DIRT-LOT FOOTBALL

    RUSSELL WILL END UP WITH A JOB ON RAIDER RADIO KEEPING TOM FLORES AWAKE.

  • No Mas Diamante

    Russell will be the new strenght and conditioning coach and may line up some part time work as a bra model.

  • DKnight007

    They just need to draft a player who provides a PHYSICAL, NASTY POWER presence here with this last pick!

  • Try Some Reality

    Biggest bust in the history of the NFL.

  • Guy
  • ALSSOUL

    HAS THE CENTER FROM TEXAS BEEN DRAFTED YET

  • SnB offense defense specialteams

    The D-Line:

    Shaughnessy, Kelly, Seymour, Houston

    Scott, McClain, Wimbley

    Asomugha, Johnson, Huff, Branch

    Nickel – Routt

  • 504 Raider

    The only thing bad about today is that it is not Early September. Man I can’t wait for the opener.

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

    Rep to RaiderNation Online for having the best sense of humor and football knowledge in all the US.

  • fat kidd

    j campbell too T.O. for a td the fans go wild

  • RaiderLen

    If T washington is still available, I draft Him and let the 3 OL rooks fight it out.

    If all perform well, move 1 to OG.

  • Guy

    Routt as the nickle? How about McFadden?

  • Try Some Reality

    Strength and conditioning coach? I don’t think he knows what either of those words mean.

  • SnB offense defense specialteams

    We still need more talent at the DTs.

    DTs – Kelly, Bryant, Joseph, Cooper….hmmmmmmm

  • ALSSOUL

    FATKID IF ITS A AUTHENTIC JERSEY I BUY IT

  • raiders22

    how is brandon lang still out there??
    solid player, 3rd round guy in mocks.

    jeff owens dt out of georgia.

    id be thrilled with either

  • ALSSOUL

    DTS HECK JUST TOOK HOUSTON IN THE 2ND

  • DKnight007

    GG Says:
    April 24th, 2010 at 1:44 pm
    Rep to RaiderNation Online for having the best sense of humor and football knowledge in all the US.

    ^^^^^^^^
    Heyoo….big ups!

  • Guy

    Get Ciron Black, Tony Washington, or Brandon Carter. Hope Jay Ross or Jeff Owens end up as an Undrafted FA. Try to get Donovan Warren, see if we can trade Routt for a 7th and have Warren compete on the outside with CJ and McFAdden/Ware in the nickle.

  • Guy

    DAm eagles took Jeff Owens

  • fat kidd

    ALSSOUL Says:
    April 24th, 2010 at 1:45 pm
    FATKID IF ITS A AUTHENTIC JERSEY I BUY IT

    no but wait a minute ill drip some gravy on it and it will pass as authentic

  • ALSSOUL

    Huff will be cut unless he restrures contract n MM will start.

  • manassamauler

    A.B. Paine II Says:
    April 24th, 2010 at 1:39 pm
    The Raiders could be 7-2 at the bye week.

    Raider defense will be top 10. 4-3 base, with some 3-4 looks as well. going to quite a sight. offense will be? hopefully a good running game, campbell should be decent. best defense in our division for sure.

  • ALSSOUL

    gravy n a gold necklace

  • raiders22

    they showed blount on the phone earlier, was it al?

    we only have 2 rb’s..

  • Pretty Rick

    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.

  • ALSSOUL

    luck isnt coming out his dad oliver works with a friend of mine he knows 12 is the year

  • Guy

    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.

  • Guy

    Oh and I don’t want to see McClain covering #1 receivers.

  • Carl Weathers

    yeeeeeeeeeeeeeeewwwwwwwwwww!

    last pick should be a FB or OG.

    Damn good weekend Raiders!

  • RaiderLen

    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.”

  • ALSSOUL

    at lbs howard will be in 4 pass coverage n maybe slade