JaMarcus Russell Released: Could New York Jets Make Him a Backup?

Keith BennettCorrespondent IMay 6, 2010

OAKLAND, CA - DECEMBER 13: JaMarcus Russell #2 of the Oakland Raiders walks off the field after calling a time out during their game against the Washington Redskins at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum on December 13, 2009 in Oakland, California.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
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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. JaMarcus Russell, who was just released by the Raiders, made more than $38 million over the past three years.

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.

The Jets are looking for a backup QB for Mark Sanchez. Kellen Clemens is still a big question mark to management. Clemens was given the job before Sanchez was drafted. He did not show any confidence and that was a big set back for him. The Oakland Raiders said Russell has problems with work ethic and his weight.

Let Rex Ryan take him under his wing and make him a better football player. I bet the house that he would. Rex Ryan would help Russell's confidence since he would no longer be playing with a loser.