Thursday, August 30, 2007

Commitment to holding out

Yesterday JaMarcus Russell's holdout reached 34 days, breaking Orlando Pace's record for the longest holdout for a number one pick. I'm not counting Bo Jackson, who never signed with Tampa Bay after being taken first in 1986 and, ironically, ending up with the Raiders after being drafted in the 7th round the following year.

The Raiders were pretty much locked into the #1 overall pick two weeks into the season, and were able to negotiate with Russell months before the draft and he'll likely hold out into the season. Just another indication that the Raiders shouldn't be taken seriously as an NFL franchise.

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