Let me start off by saying that despite Jamarcus Russell's bad play this season, I wouldn't mind him coming back for one more year, only if we do something about that contract. The reason he was set to earn 9 million was because by now he should have been a decent QB.
I don't blame his struggles on just him, I believe the lack of better coaching is what also held him back, along with the lack of maturity and work ethic, but at the end of the day, he is young and still very talented.
If Russell is a truly smart player he will have no problem reworking his contract, because as of right now the Raiders are the only team that may be willing to offer him millions and a starting position.
If Russell is let go, then I believe Michael Vick should be looked at very seriously. I understand that there is a love for underdogs Bruce Gradkowski and Charlie Frye, but lets put those underdogs in the pound. They are journey men, and as long as there is real talent out there, they shouldn't be starting in the league.
To give them credit, they make the perfect back ups, and are always ready to step it. Their strength is their mobility, and their arm isn't the best. Vick would add extra mobility and a better arm than both Frye and Gradkowski.
He made mistakes in the past, but he payed his debt to society and he's had a year behind Donovan Mcnabb and Andy Reid. He's ready to be a starter, and I can't think of another team that would be a better fit than the Raiders.
If they part ways with Russell, it makes sense to bring in a veteran QB, and it wouldn't be surprising for Al Davis to fall in love with the fastest veteran QB in the market. This would not only be good for the team, but it would also be good for the fans. We need to start selling more tickets, and adding Vick would sell more tickets than keeping Russell.
I'm a true Raider fan, and I want to win, but i'm going to support my team no matter who is back there. From Jeff Hostetler, Jeff George to Andrew Walter and Jamarcus Russell.
Imagine the Wild Cat with Mcfadden and Vick? At the end of the day, it really won't matter who is our QB, unless we fix our offensive line. That should be our # 1 priority this offseason. Not only will that improve our running game, but it will take a lot of pressure off of whoever is our QB.