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Raiders sign Russell

Postby blackfordpu » Mon Sep 10, 2007 7:44 pm

Ending months of negotiations and a holdout that stretched to more than six weeks, the Oakland Raiders reached a contract agreement in principle with JaMarcus Russell, the former LSU quarterback who was the first overall selection in the 2007 draft, on Monday.

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Barring any glitches, and contingent on formalities like him passing a physical exam, ESPN.com has confirmed that Russell will officially sign a six-year contract on Tuesday and should be on the field for the team's Wednesday practice.

There is still considerable work to be done, however, in terms of drawing up the contract, and a source close to the negotiations said late Monday that the two sides could still be working "very late into the night and maybe into [Tuesday] morning" to craft the precise language of the deal. ESPN.com has learned that Russell is still not in the Bay Area, and will not fly to Oakland until his representatives feel comfortable with all the details of the contract.

Sources said the contract, hammered out in four days of marathon face-to-face negotiations in the Bay Area, has a maximum value of $68 million.

The deal also includes $34.5 million in the first three years, an increase of about 65 percent over the first three seasons of the deal that Houston Texans defensive end Mario Williams, the top overall selection in the 2006 draft, will bank in his first three years.

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Re: Raiders sign Russell

Postby AZGrizFan » Mon Sep 10, 2007 11:07 pm

He'll be another Akili Smith. :roll: :roll: :roll:
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Re: Raiders sign Russell

Postby AppGuy04 » Tue Sep 11, 2007 12:37 pm

The Raiders need alot more help than him

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Re: Raiders sign Russell

Postby AZGrizFan » Tue Sep 11, 2007 12:39 pm

AppGuy04 wrote:The Raiders need alot more help than him


Boy howdy. :o
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Re: Raiders sign Russell

Postby SuperHornet » Tue Sep 11, 2007 9:06 pm

I can't believe Swilly jacking his jaws about how Russell is going to make the Raiders 8-8 THIS YEAR. The dude has COMPLETELY missed camp, he has no OL to speak of, he has no running game, and no receivers. I don't believe that there are 8 wins to be had given this lineup no matter WHO the QB is. I'd say they'd be lucky to get 3....
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