Will it be enough for Oakland to keep him? The Raiders probably will want to reduce Russell’s enormous salary if they want to keep him as a backup. If Russell balks at taking a pay reduction (he has indicated in the past that he would have trouble taking a pay cut), he could be sent packing.
Still, it is clear Oakland owner Al Davis has yet to decide on whether to cut Russell. Many league observers don’t think Davis wants to admit that taking Russell with the No.1 overall pick in 2007 was a mistake. Yet, trading for Campbell was a sign that Davis is making plans to move away from Russell.
If Russell is brought to training camp, he may have a chance to reclaim his starting job if he continues to get in better shape and make strides with his fundamentals. Yet, I think Russell’s road may be too challenging for him to overtake Campbell. Give Russell credit for trying to salvage his career, but it just may be too late in Oakland.