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Oakland Raiders cut QB JaMarcus Russell

The #1 overall pick of the 2007 NFL Draft is moving on. From ESPN-

The Oakland Raiders released former No. 1 overall pick JaMarcus Russell on Thursday, ending a three-year tenure marked by his high salary and unproductive play on the field.

Senior executive John Herrera told The Associated Press about the move and said that “we wish him well.”

The decision came less than two weeks after Oakland acquired Jason Campbell from Washington to take over at quarterback and signifies that owner Al Davis finally lost patience with the immensely talented but unproductive player he drafted first overall in 2007 against the wishes of former coach Lane Kiffin.

Russell will now likely be considered one of the biggest draft busts in NFL history, joining Ryan Leaf, Ki-Jana Carter, Akili Smith and others on that list. He will have been paid more than $39 million by the Raiders, while producing only seven wins as a starter.

Russell wasn’t very good but the Raiders have been hopeless since their loss to Tampa Bay in Super Bowl XXXVII. For this reason, I think another NFL team will take a chance on him. Will Russell find success somewhere else in the NFL? I wouldn’t bet on it.

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