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Raider Nation Exhales, JaMarcus Russell Is Released

After three years of repeated disappointments, JaMarcus Russell has been released from his contract with the Oakland Raiders. On paper, it was the obvious move. The Raiders save $6.45 million with Russell’s release. The addition of Jason Campbell via a draft day trade with the Redskins give the Raiders an immediate upgrade at QB. So why was Raider Nation holding its collective breath?

In a now famous letter from Al Davis to Lane Kiffin, written September 12, 2008, Al Davis wrote:

“I do realize that you did not want to draft JaMarcus Russell. He is a great player. Get over it and coach this team on the field, that is what you were hired to do. We can win with this team!”

Al Davis doesn’t often admit he was wrong. ...

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