Raiders would only take modest salary-cap hit if team cut Russell

From the Oakland Tribune:

JaMarcus Russell started 25 of 26 games before he was benched by Raiders coach Tom Cable nine games into this season.

That makes the man with the million-dollar arm the subject of the million-dollar question: Will he ever reclaim his status as the Raiders' unquestioned starting quarterback?

Russell hasn't spoken with the media since he was demoted Nov. 18. Cable said it's too early to talk about Russell's future. Players say they have no idea what the future holds for Russell.

Therefore, it's anyone's guess as to what becomes of Russell once his third NFL season ends and the prospect of his fourth takes center stage in organizational meetings.

"There are a lot of things supposed to be a certain way in this world, but they're not," Cable said of Russell's slow development earlier this season. "Where he is, where he goes with it will, ultimately, be up to him. How good he wants to be (depends on) how much he's willing to, ultimately, put into it."

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