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May 6, 2010 | By Sam Farmer
JaMarcus Russell was far from a superhero for the Oakland Raiders. But in one sense, he was nearly the Six Million Dollar Man. He made $5.6 million per victory. Russell, the No. 1 pick in the 2007 draft, was released Thursday after three turbulent seasons during which he earned more than $100,000 per completion. He leaves as perhaps the biggest bust in NFL history, surpassing even San Diego flameout Ryan Leaf. Russell had been paid more than $36 million through last season and the team still owes him $3 million more.
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October 7, 2013 | By Sam Farmer
Matt Flynn's stay in Oakland was even shorter than his stint in Seattle. The Raiders released the backup quarterback Monday, according to multiple reports. The news was first reported by Sports Illustrated. Oakland originally had hoped that Flynn would be the team's starting quarterback, just as Seattle had before the Seahawks job was won last season by third-round pick Russell Wilson. The Raiders traded a 2014 fifth-round pick and a conditional 2015 pick to Seattle for Flynn, who showed significant promise as Aaron Rodgers' backup in Green Bay. Flynn was the Raiders starter at the beginning of training camp but ultimately lost the job to Terrelle Pryor.
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January 29, 2013 | By Chuck Schilken
JaMarcus Russell wants to return to the NFL. The New York Jets want a quarterback to challenge starter Mark Sanchez. You know where this is going, right? According to NewJersey.com, members of the Jets organization recently had "some very exploratory, informal discussions" about Russell. For those Jets fans out there trembling in fear right now, let's take a closer look at this situation. Though the modifier "very" before "exploratory" and the plural form of "discussion" might lead us to believe the team was at least somewhat serious about a player known as one of the biggest busts in NFL history, the word "informal" ought to set your minds at ease a bit. You should also know that the article mentions an ESPN New York report that the Jets "spent a significant amount of time" with North Carolina State quarterback Mike Glennon at the Senior Bowl in Mobile, Ala. And they scouted other young QBs before the firing of former general manager Mike Tannenbaum.
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July 3, 2013 | By Chuck Schilken
JaMarcus Russell has already been paid $36.4 million by the Oakland Raiders. For many of the team's fans, that's probably $36.4 million too much for three lackluster seasons from the former No. 1 overall pick. But Russell reportedly received one more big, fat check from the Raiders on Wednesday. The team paid its ex-quarterback close to $3 million to settle his disputed rookie contract, according to the San Francisco Chronicle. Not a bad payday for a guy who hasn't played for the team -- or any other -- since the 2009 season.
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January 23, 2013 | By Chuck Schilken
JaMarcus Russell does not want to be remembered as an NFL bust. The former top pick overall by the Oakland Raiders is determined to make sure that doesn't happen. With former NFL receiver Michael Clayton as his mentor and a team of big-name tutors, Russell is attempting to mount a comeback after three seasons out of the league. "People don't know the real you but I want people to know the real me and see what I can do," Russell told Yahoo! Sports. "People are always saying that I'm a bust.
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October 16, 2009 | SAM FARMER, ON THE NFL
The Oakland Raiders hoped JaMarcus Russell would take the NFL by storm. Instead, he's the most visible lightning rod for all that ails the worst team in football. Russell, the No. 1 overall pick in 2007, has had a cover-your-eyes bad start to the season, completing only 42.1% of his throws for the 1-4 Raiders and establishing a barely-there passer rating of 47.1. Over the last three games, Oakland has been outscored, 96-16. So what's gone so terribly wrong for the cannon-armed Russell, who showed promise at the end of last season and was looking to prove himself in this his pivotal third season?
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November 2, 2010 | Wire reports
Former Oakland Raiders quarterback JaMarcus Russell worked out with the Washington Redskins on Tuesday, two days after Donovan McNabb was benched in the closing minutes of a loss to Detroit. Offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan said Russell was one of many players, including at least one other quarterback ( J.P. Losman ), who were getting a look from the team. "We'll evaluate him and everyone else out there," Shanahan said. The Redskins routinely invite out-of-work players for workouts on Tuesdays, but the timing of Russell's visit only added to the team's quarterback drama of the last few days.
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August 9, 2010 | Sam Farmer
It was the kind of interception any NFL quarterback would welcome. Jason Campbell, new quarterback of the Oakland Raiders, pulled off his helmet and walked toward the locker room at training camp recently when he was pulled aside — picked off, if you will — by Pro Bowl cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha. "I just told him he's having a great camp, straight up," Asomugha said. "What we have now at quarterback, we haven't seen in the past couple of years. . . . He may not be looking like Peyton Manning right now, but because we've never had it, it might seem that way. It's so new to us. " Asomugha stopped short of taking a direct shot at the pampered and wildly overpaid JaMarcus Russell, finally released last spring, but he clearly voiced what everyone at Raiders camp is feeling: This is a new day. For everyone.
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December 21, 2009
Key: Benched a month ago and passed by Charlie Frye on the depth chart this week, JaMarcus Russell came off the bench to throw the deciding 10-yard touchdown pass to Chaz Schilens with 35 seconds left. The former No. 1 overall draft pick entered when Frye was knocked out of the game early in the fourth quarter. Raiders said: "They're all special, but this one's pretty high." -- Russell, who was sidelined for one play on the deciding drive Broncos said: "We have no margin for error.
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September 3, 2005 | From Associated Press
Fats Domino and his family spent two days with Louisiana State University quarterback JaMarcus Russell after being rescued from the floodwaters of Hurricane Katrina. "I'm not sure where they are headed, but I just feel better knowing that they are OK," a university news release quoted Russell as saying Friday. The 77-year-old R&B singer and his family are friends of the family of Russell's girlfriend, university spokesman Michael Bonnette said.
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January 29, 2013 | By Chuck Schilken
JaMarcus Russell wants to return to the NFL. The New York Jets want a quarterback to challenge starter Mark Sanchez. You know where this is going, right? According to NewJersey.com, members of the Jets organization recently had "some very exploratory, informal discussions" about Russell. For those Jets fans out there trembling in fear right now, let's take a closer look at this situation. Though the modifier "very" before "exploratory" and the plural form of "discussion" might lead us to believe the team was at least somewhat serious about a player known as one of the biggest busts in NFL history, the word "informal" ought to set your minds at ease a bit. You should also know that the article mentions an ESPN New York report that the Jets "spent a significant amount of time" with North Carolina State quarterback Mike Glennon at the Senior Bowl in Mobile, Ala. And they scouted other young QBs before the firing of former general manager Mike Tannenbaum.
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January 23, 2013 | By Chuck Schilken
JaMarcus Russell does not want to be remembered as an NFL bust. The former top pick overall by the Oakland Raiders is determined to make sure that doesn't happen. With former NFL receiver Michael Clayton as his mentor and a team of big-name tutors, Russell is attempting to mount a comeback after three seasons out of the league. "People don't know the real you but I want people to know the real me and see what I can do," Russell told Yahoo! Sports. "People are always saying that I'm a bust.
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July 9, 2011 | By David Wharton
No-so-fabulous fives Not all high school phenoms and first-round draft picks achieve greatness on the big stage. The journey from rising star to superstar can be long and fraught with peril. Staff writer David Wharton looks at five examples in four major sports: Basketball LaRue Martin (1972-76): The top pick of the 1972 draft, Martin lasted four seasons with the Portland Trail Blazers, averaging 5.3 points a game. Sam Bowie (1984-95): Another Trail Blazers first-rounder had a decent career — but Portland could have picked Michael Jordan.
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November 2, 2010 | Wire reports
Former Oakland Raiders quarterback JaMarcus Russell worked out with the Washington Redskins on Tuesday, two days after Donovan McNabb was benched in the closing minutes of a loss to Detroit. Offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan said Russell was one of many players, including at least one other quarterback ( J.P. Losman ), who were getting a look from the team. "We'll evaluate him and everyone else out there," Shanahan said. The Redskins routinely invite out-of-work players for workouts on Tuesdays, but the timing of Russell's visit only added to the team's quarterback drama of the last few days.
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August 12, 2010 | From wire reports
A judge in Mobile, Ala., sent the drug possession case against former Oakland Raiders quarterback JaMarcus Russell to a grand jury Wednesday despite testimony that the codeine drink found at Russell's home belonged to a longtime friend. District Judge Charles McKnight questioned the credibility of the testimony given by Marcus Stevenson , who said he made the codeine-laced drink found in a July 5 raid at Russell's home. Mobile County Sheriff's Deputy Johnny Thornton testified that the orange-colored drink in Russell's bedroom appeared freshly poured.
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August 9, 2010 | Sam Farmer
It was the kind of interception any NFL quarterback would welcome. Jason Campbell, new quarterback of the Oakland Raiders, pulled off his helmet and walked toward the locker room at training camp recently when he was pulled aside — picked off, if you will — by Pro Bowl cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha. "I just told him he's having a great camp, straight up," Asomugha said. "What we have now at quarterback, we haven't seen in the past couple of years. . . . He may not be looking like Peyton Manning right now, but because we've never had it, it might seem that way. It's so new to us. " Asomugha stopped short of taking a direct shot at the pampered and wildly overpaid JaMarcus Russell, finally released last spring, but he clearly voiced what everyone at Raiders camp is feeling: This is a new day. For everyone.
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August 27, 2008 | Sam Farmer
First in an eight-part series as Times NFL writer Sam Farmer analyzes the league by division. Today, the AFC West: Story lines 1 The Chargers are starting this season the way they ended the last one -- holding ice packs. The latest victim is Pro Bowl linebacker Shawne Merriman, who has two torn knee ligaments. Quarterback Philip Rivers and running back LaDainian Tomlinson have knee problems too and tight end Antonio Gates has a bum toe. A bad start. 2 Is Darren McFadden this season's Adrian Peterson?
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May 6, 2010 | By Sam Farmer
JaMarcus Russell was far from a superhero for the Oakland Raiders. But in one sense, he was nearly the Six Million Dollar Man. He made $5.6 million per victory. Russell, the No. 1 pick in the 2007 draft, was released Thursday after three turbulent seasons during which he earned more than $100,000 per completion. He leaves as perhaps the biggest bust in NFL history, surpassing even San Diego flameout Ryan Leaf. Russell had been paid more than $36 million through last season and the team still owes him $3 million more.
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