For a moment there, it seemed as if it made too much sense for Al Davis to cut JaMarcus Russell. It's Al Davis after all, and if there's a move that seems to make sense you can almost bet the house that he wont do it. But this was an exception.
The surprising part of this move is that it didn't happen as soon as Jason Campbell was acquired. (The other surprising part, I suppose, was that Al Davis actually did the smart thing--a trend that may be developing after a respectable draft.)
The embattled former no. 1 overall píck was widely regarded as one of the NFL's worst quarterbacks last year, completing 48.8 percent of his passes for an astounding QB rating of 50. While 2009 was his worst year, it was not a distant aberration from his career numbers: a completion percentage of 52.1 and a rating of 65.2.
ESPN.com had this to say:
Russell, who will go down as one of the biggest draft busts ever, cost the Raiders over $39 million over the course of his disappointing stint with the team. The move seems to solidify Jason Campbell's status as the team's top QB and will give Russell a chance to revive his flagging career. To do so, he'll need to get and stay in shape and if he can pull that off, he still has a big-league arm to work with.