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Faiders sign JaMarcus Russell

Discussion in 'Chargers Fan Forum' started by BFISA, Sep 10, 2007.

  1. BFISA

    BFISA Well-Known Member

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    http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/news/story?id=3013493

    Sources: Raiders reach agreement in principle with top pick Russell

    By Len Pasquarelli
    ESPN.com
    (Archive)

    Updated: September 10, 2007, 10:08 PM ET


    Ending months of negotiations and a holdout that stretched to more than six weeks, the Oakland Raiders reached a contract agreement in principle with JaMarcus Russell, the former LSU quarterback who was the first overall selection in the 2007 draft, on Monday.


    Barring any glitches, and contingent on formalities like him passing a physical exam, ESPN.com has confirmed that Russell will officially sign a six-year contract on Tuesday and should be on the field for the team's Wednesday practice.

    There is still considerable work to be done, however, in terms of drawing up the contract, and a source close to the negotiations said late Monday that the two sides could still be working "very late into the night and maybe into [Tuesday] morning" to craft the precise language of the deal. ESPN.com has learned that Russell is still not in the Bay Area, and will not fly to Oakland until his representatives feel comfortable with all the details of the contract.

    Sources said the contract, hammered out in four days of marathon face-to-face negotiations in the Bay Area, has a maximum value of $68 million.

    The deal also includes $34.5 million in the first three years, an increase of about 65 percent over the first three seasons of the deal that Houston Texans defensive end Mario Williams, the top overall selection in the 2006 draft, will bank in his first three years.

    There is a $3 million guarantee in the fourth season of Russell's deal, essentially creating $37.5 million in guarantees.

    So, while it appears that the Raiders were able to hold the guarantees in the range that they had been proposing in recent discussions, the long holdout seems to have garnered Russell a very advantageous payout structure.

    Of course, it also cost him any opportunity to win the starting job in training camp.

    The Raiders' staff chose Josh McCown as the starter after a preseason competition with Daunte Culpepper, who was signed as a free agent during camp.

    Russell, 22, staged one of the longest holdouts by a rookie in recent history. In 2002, offensive tackle Bryant McKinnie, the first-round choice of the Minnesota Vikings that year, missed the first eight games of the regular season. In terms of top overall picks, no one has held out longer than Russell since tailback Bo Jackson declined to sign with Tampa Bay altogether in 1986.

    During his three seasons as the LSU starter, Russell completed 493 of 797 passes for 6,625 yards, with 52 touchdown passes and 21 interceptions.

    After weeks of inertia, the parties met for much of the day Friday at an undisclosed Bay Area site, and drew close to an accord. The talks moved in reverse for a while when they resumed Saturday.

    Because the Raiders opened the season Sunday against the Detroit Lions, there was not much bargaining.

    The weekend negotiations represented the first face-to-face bargaining since the parties met in Los Angeles on Aug. 20 and there was a ramped-up sense of urgency.

    The two sides then got back to work Monday and spent much of the day fine-tuning the proposal and committing it to contract language.

    Len Pasquarelli is a senior writer for ESPN.com.
     
  2. RM24

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    Won't matter. Still gonna suck....:turdspuke:
     
  3. Electric Chair

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    Russell will be a bust. This is GREAT news. He will cripple their cap for years.
     
  4. MtlBoltsFan

    MtlBoltsFan Jesse Ventura/Howard Stern 2016

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    He will be OK but a bust. Not like Ryan Leaf bustage nor Tim Couch bustage but like... Byron Leftwich bustage?
     
  5. stone86

    stone86 Well-Known Member

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    I'd be happy with Byron Leftiwch bustage.
     
  6. TheLash

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    curses now were doomed:icon_eek: :unsure: :icon_rofl:

    he might be a stud someday but I don't think anytime soon he's pretty green
     
  7. TheLash

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    Byron Leftwich bustage would be kind of like church tongue:lol:
     
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  8. nickelbolt

    nickelbolt Fuggedaboutit

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    At this rate he won't be able to challenge Lorenzen for the "Fattest Starting QB" title until at least week 10. Plenty of time for him to hit Hometown Buffet and practice his gravy skills. :yes:
     
  9. AnteaterCharger

    AnteaterCharger Calibrating Bolttalk, Podcast by Podcast Staff Member Super Moderator Podcaster

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    Wish I could do this
    he'll get a huge year's salary for doing nothing in practice or in the game
     
  10. BOLTS4LIFE

    BOLTS4LIFE Banned Banned

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    Poor Guy!!!!
     
  11. reddenedbeard

    reddenedbeard Well-Known Member

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    I think it is good news he doesn't play this year .. but honestly I think this guy has the potential for being a pretty good player. He reminds me a bit of McNabb coming out of college.. His long ball throw is fantastic. Only time will tell I guess.
     
  12. WonderSlug

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    Wow, $68 million. Good luck with the cap over the next several years! :lol:
     
  13. RM24

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    DAYUM! $68 MILLION DOLLAS!!!! (in my best Chris Tucker imitation from Rush Hour 2) "Who does he think he is, Chelsea Clinton???"
     
  14. WonderSlug

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    For that amount of money, he has to be Peyton Manning and Tom Brady rolled into one, or else the Raiders will have been shafted.

    I feel sorry for whomever gets next year's #1 overall.

    That pick's agent next year will be angling for $70 million and $40 million guaranteed!
     
  15. BFISA

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    ...and onea the draft gurus here will be pimpin for AJ ta trade up :icon_eek: :yes: :icon_rofl:
     
  16. stone86

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    hgahahhahahah
     
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    Boltdiehard Well-Known Member

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    After losing to the Lions at home Al Davis and Co. had to do something as it is not pretty within the Raider Nation right now. :no: :icon_rofl:
     
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    WonderSlug Well-Known Member

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    Some of them are still complaining, saying giving a $68 million contract to him is too much.

    :yes:
     
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    Maybe we should have a new chant at Raider games

    YOU CAN'T WIN
    YOU CAN'T WIN
    YOU CAN'T WIN
    :flag:
     
  20. WonderSlug

    WonderSlug Well-Known Member

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    Or....

    GOT CAP SPACE?


    :lol:
     
  21. AnteaterCharger

    AnteaterCharger Calibrating Bolttalk, Podcast by Podcast Staff Member Super Moderator Podcaster

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    they SOOOO won't understand that, that's too advance for your average raider fan
    so
    YOU CAN"T WIN
    YOU CAN'T WIN
    YOU CAN'T WIN
    :flag:
     
  22. Retired Catholic

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    We won't know about this guy for sure until the 2009 season.
     
  23. WonderSlug

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    Oh, I think it will be much sooner than that.

    We knew everything we needed to know about Leaf after week 3 of his rookie season.
     
  24. sickswonnyne

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    Ha it'll probably be the Raiders again!
     
  25. WonderSlug

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    More likely the Chiefs.

    Good luck with that KC, as they've already killed their cap.
     
  26. reddenedbeard

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    Cleveland. That team is just terrible.
     
  27. reddenedbeard

    reddenedbeard Well-Known Member

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    I think we'll know either he is a bust or someone good by 2009. But my point is, he just seems to have the talent to bring it to the NFL level. The big question right now is he a head case or was he just holding out for a little extra dough?
     
  28. sickswonnyne

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    Yeah more likely or the Browns like it says above, but it would be hilarious if the raiders ended up with it, after shelling out so much dinero for Culpepper Jr. Then they go get Brohm 1st overall haha.:lol:
     

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