The Solution To Two Teams Problems: Raiders Trade JaMarcus Russell

Bret ArmstrongAnalyst IDecember 11, 2009

CLEVELAND - OCTOBER 04:  Shaun Rogers #92 of the Cleveland Browns in action against the Cincinnati Bengals during their game at Cleveland Browns Stadium on October 4, 2009 in Cleveland, Ohio. The Bengals defeated the Browns 23-20 in overtime.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
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In a move that sends shock waves through two lower tier franchises, the first trade of the 2010 NFL off-season is between the Oakland Raiders and the Cleveland Browns.

The Raiders were in serious need of help in their 4-3 defense. They needed a guy who could plug holes, stay put, and eat blockers. They get disgruntled defensive tackle Shaun Rogers.

Rogers is a nine year pro who has 35.5 career sacks. He stands 6'4" and weighs 350 pounds. He has 338 solo tackles in his career and an interception.

In addition to the massive nose tackle Oakland so desperately needed, the Raiders receive a third round pick in the 2010 draft.

In exchange for the massive nose tackle, the Cleveland Browns receive the first pick of the 2007 NFL draft, QB JaMarcus Russell.

Russell has had trouble getting into the groove in Oakland. In three years, he has four more interceptions than touchdowns and a career rating just above 65.

Russell has completed 51 percent of his passes in his career, but Browns coach Eric Mangini feels like Russell will push Brady Quinn and vice versa. With the release of Derek Anderson, the competition between Russell and Quinn could get very interesting.

It gives the Browns two very different types of QB. They will be able to chose the type of offense they will run for the remainder of Mangini's tenure.

Quinn's number are not much better than Russell's. A career rating of just above 69. A 51.8 percent completion percentage and about 2,000 less passing yards.

In addition to Russell, the Browns get back Gerard Warren, their third overall pick from the 2001 draft.

On the surface it appears to be a win-win for both teams. The Raiders get what appears to be a big hole they need filled, and the Browns get two former top five draft picks to help rebuild their troubled team.

Time will tell, time will tell, time will really tell.


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