Will JaMarcus Russell Ever Play In An Oakland Raider Uniform Again?

D.J. O'ConnorSenior Analyst IIIMay 9, 2010

OAKLAND, CA - NOVEMBER 15:  JaMarcus Russell #2 of the Oakland Raiders passes against the Kansas City Chiefs during an NFL game at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum on November 15, 2009 in Oakland, California.  (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)
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Here’s a crazy thought that popped into my head.

What if Al Davis really hasn’t given up on his #1 pick from 2007?

Now that Russell is no longer on a large contract ($66M) he is a free agent. He has stated that he wouldn’t restructure his contract. Now, he has no choice if he wants to play football. Raiders Owner Al Davis can offer Russell a much cheaper contract and if Russell doesn’t sign, he will likely be done in the NFL.

Al Davis still loves the cannon-arm and size of JaMarcus, but nobody (except Russell) loved that contract Russell was on. 

Al has shown JaMarcus that his poor play and work ethic will not be tolerated any longer. This release could serve as a wake-up call to Russell. He has seen that he is no longer the franchise QB but he is now the man who sleeps in team meetings, is overweight, immobile and turnover prone.

The choice is Russell’s to make. Will he turn around his life style or will he sit on the $39M ponzi-scheme he ran on the Raiders and retire early?