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Sources: Raiders reach agreement in principle with top pick Russell

Updated: September 11, 2007, 2:53 PM ET
By Len Pasquarelli | ESPN.com

Ending months of negotiations and a holdout that stretched to more than six weeks, the Oakland Raiders reached a contract agreement in principle on Monday night with JaMarcus Russell, the former LSU quarterback who was the first overall selection in the 2007 draft.

ESPN.com has confirmed that -- barring any glitches and contingent on formalities like passing a physical exam -- Russell officially will sign a six-year contract Tuesday and should be on the field for the team's Wednesday ...

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