ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) - Quarterback JaMarcus Russell finally
signed his record rookie contract with the Oakland Raiders today
and then joined his new team for practice. It ends the longest
holdout in more than two decades by the league's top pick.
In a statement released by the team, Russell says he's happy
that everything is finally over and he gets a chance to be a
football player again.
According to two people familiar with the talks, Russell will be
guaranteed a record 29 million dollars in his six-year
61-million-dollar deal. The terms of the deal still have not been
released to the public. He'll get an additional three million if he
reaches minimal playing time incentives.