JaMarcus Russell: Is He Done?

Josh BroudyCorrespondent IDecember 26, 2009

DENVER - DECEMBER 20:  Quarterback JaMarcus Russell #2 celebrates following the Oakland Raiders' victory over the Denver Broncos at Invesco Field at Mile High on December 20, 2009 in Denver, Colorado. The Raiders defeated the Broncos 20-19.  (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
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Last Sunday in Denver, JaMarcus Russell looked like an NFL Quarterback. He made a clutch 4th and 10. Then he proceeded that by throwing a touchdown pass to Chaz Schilens that turned out to be the game winner. Obviously that wasn't enough for Tom Cable to name him the starter once again.

Quickly Sunday night, Cable indicated that Charlie Frye would start in Cleveland. Why didn't he start his former number one overall pick in a meaningless game against one of the worst teams in the NFL?

It is clear he has no faith in him. So does this mean his career in Oakland is done? Well, with three years left on his rookie contract, it would seem unlikely.

Could they trade Russell? It seems highly unlikely that a team would want an out-of shape QB who is the biggest bust since Ryan Leaf even as their backup. It doesn't help that Russell still has those three years left on the contract.

It looks like Russell will be warming up the bench until he is given another opportunity. And that's a big if.