Is JaMarcus Russell the Biggest Bust in NFL History?

A MCorrespondent IMarch 27, 2010

OAKLAND, CA - JANUARY 03:  JaMarcus Russell #2 of the Oakland Raiders looks on against the Baltimore Ravens during an NFL game at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum on January 3, 2010 in Oakland, California.  (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)
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JaMarcus Russell, according to Adam Schefter's twitter, weighed in at a staggering 290 lbs at the Raider's offseason programs.

Now, unless JaMarcus is considering a position change, he is incredibly overweight. 

He has earned himself a reputation as lazy, irresponsible, and is now making a run at the throne for biggest NFL bust of all time. 

When the Raiders took Russell first overall in the 2007 NFL Draft, they took a big, strong-armed kid from LSU. Little did they know they were getting an immature teenager in an NFL size body. 

It could have been an early sign for the Raiders when JaMarcus held out and missed most of training camp before the 2007-2008 season. They finally signed him to a huge six year, $68 million contact with $31.5 million guaranteed. 

Russell has gone on to spend that money on large diamond chains and trips to Las Vegas. 

The question is: Has he already bought himself a seat on the throne as the biggest NFL bust ever?

It may be a little soon to tell.

Russell didn't come out with as much hype as Ryan Leaf, Akili Smith, or Andre Ware. However, he came with the big arm, and landed an insane contract. 

He was supposed to come in and start the rebuilding process for the miserable Oakland Raiders. However, all he has done so far is set them back even further. 

His current career numbers through three years are a pathetic: 18 TDs, 23 INTs, 4,083 passing yards, and a 65.2 QB rating. Not exactly the numbers Al Davis was looking for when he was drooling over JaMarcus heaving the ball 60 plus yards down-field with ease. 

As much as I believe that Al Davis is the Raiders biggest issue, Russell hasn't done anything to stop me from making the case against him. He has shown no work ethic, no drive, and no desire to improve at all. 

Whether it be skipping team programs for trips to Vegas, blowing his money on "bling", or showing up well overweight to training, Russell is quickly confirming what many of us are already saying—bust. 

JaMarcus, if you aren't going to put any effort into football then take your money and walk away. You are bound to get cut anyways, but you are already wasting a struggling franchise's time as it is. Take your money and go. 

In my eyes, Russell is well on his way to becoming the biggest bust in NFL history. He was grossly overpaid, and should be the leading piece of evidence why we need a rookie cap. 

I'm sure you are making Ryan Leaf proud JaMarcus, keep it up. 

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