The Oakland Raiders announced today that they have released former No. 1 overall pick JaMarcus Russell.
The release comes less than two weeks after the Raiders made a draft day move to acquire quarterback Jason Campbell from the Washington Redskins.
In a statement to the Associated Press, Raiders senior executive John Herrera said, “we wish him well.”
Since his arrival in Oakland in 2007, Russell has been a massive disappointment for the Raiders on and off the field. In his rookie year, Russell and the Raiders failed to reach a contract agreement in time, forcing their new quarterback to miss the entire training camp and the first week of the season. Ultimately, Russell played in only four games with one being a start.
Russell started all 15 games he played in 2008, but the team finished 5-10. This past season was the breaking point for Russell, as his poor play and equally poor work ethic forced him out of his starting role to backup Bruce Gradkowski. For his career, Russell compiled a record of 7-18 with 18 touchdowns to 23 interceptions. Russell’s career completion percentage is a low 52.1%.
Russell was the talk of mini camp this past weekend, as many predicted a release following the acquisition of Jason Campbell. Still, Russell showed up and performed, despite the attention of the media.
Head Coach Tom Cable had made it known that there would be an open competition at quarterback.
The release of Russell is an expensive one for the Raiders. Russell is owed $31.5 million in guaranteed money and had three years remaining on his contract.
Russell will likely go down as the greatest draft bust in NFL history, after being the first overall pick in 2007 out of LSU.