Oakland Raiders Release JaMarcus Russell

| by Alex Groberman

The Oakland Raiders have officially released JaMarcus Russell.

Russell first burst on the scene as a powerful college quarterback that led his LSU team to a Sugar Bowl victory over Notre Dame. Prior to the game, Russell was recognized as a second-to-third round draft-pick. However, after dazzling scouts with a 41-14 blowout of Notre Dame, he quickly shot up to the top of the NFL Mock Draft charts.

Later the LSU quarterback cemented his status as the consensus number one overall draft pick by running the 40-yard dash in 4.8 seconds, exhibiting good accuracy, and displaying monstrous range with his arm at the LSU Pro Day.

At 6-6 and 265 pounds, many heralded Russell as the prototype for the “next great quarterback.”

Faster forward to three years later.

Today Russell was reportedly let go by the Raiders after a miserably disappointing three seasons. The former LSU great had a mere 18 touchdown passes in his time with the Raiders, a number greatly overshadowed by his 23 interceptions and 7-18 record.

In order to get Russell, the Raiders decided not to draft Adrian Peterson and Calvin Johnson, two rising stars in the NFL.

Raiders senior executive John Herrera told The Associated Press that the Raiders wish the quarterback “well” in the future.