Report: Russell's time in Oakland may be over soon

After three unimpressive seasons in Oakland, it’s hard to find anyone who is willing to defend quarterback JaMarcus Russell against the “bust” label.

By the end of the week, those who are willing to go to bat for the former No. 1 pick may find it even more difficult.

John Clayton of ESPN.com is reporting that the Raiders have begun preparing the process for releasing Russell and that the move is not a matter of “if,” but “when.”

Clayton goes on to say that Russell could be cut before Oakland’s upcoming minicamp, which starts this Friday and ends on Sunday.

Getting cut after just three seasons in Oakland could very well solidify Russell’s status as the biggest draft bust of all-time. In three years with the Raiders, the former LSU Tiger has produced a QB Rating of 65.2 while throwing only 18 touchdown passes to 23 interceptions.

Russell has also lost 15 fumbles in just 25 career games.

Rumors regarding Russell’s release began to surface after the Raiders traded for former Redskins quarterback Jason Campbell this past Saturday during the last day of the 2010 NFL draft.

For three miserable seasons in Oakland, Russell has already been paid over $36 million.

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