JaMarcus Russell, the #1 player taken in last year’s draft by the Oakland Raiders, has finally agreed to a contract with the team. The former LSU quarterback’s contract is reportedly worth $68 million with somewhere between $31 million-$32 million in guaranteed money.
The contract is bigger than the deal that 2006 #1 pick Mario Williams got from the Houston Texans, which isn’t too surprising. However, Williams didn’t have to hold out as much as Russell did, as he became the longest holdout as a #1 pick since Bo Jackson refused to sign with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 1986.
I can’t wait for Russell’s press conference where he talks about the holdout not being about money and simply being about “finding the right deal for his family” and that he “really wanted to get to camp, but it was out of his hands.”