The Oakland Raiders have already paid JaMarcus Russell $36 million for a whole lot of nothing.
So do they now view him as a sunk cost or could they possibly pour more money down the drain? The Raiders can save $6.45 million by cutting Russell before the start of the season.
Russell has said in the past he won’t take a pay cut, and that’s far too much money to pay for a guy if he’s Jason Campbell’s backup. Tom Cable said there are “decisions” to be made at quarterback, but expects Russell to attend Oakland’s post-draft minicamp Friday.
The Raiders would be risking the $6.45 million by keeping Russell in the offseason. They would owe him the money if he got hurt in workouts and placed on injured reserve.
The San Francisco Chronicle believes Cable hinted at Russell’s departure:
“Adding Jason [Campbell] to this football team was very important,” Cable said. “He
is a guy in need of a fresh start himself.”
The Raiders are an organization in need of fresh start. That can only happen with Russell elsewhere.