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Russell signs record rookie deal in time for practice

Updated: September 12, 2007, 2:18 PM ET
Associated Press

ALAMEDA, Calif. -- Quarterback JaMarcus Russell finally signed his record rookie contract with the Oakland Raiders on Wednesday and joined his new team for practice, ending the longest holdout in more than two decades by the league's top pick.

"It's been a long time and I am happy that everything is finally over and I get a chance to be a football player again," Russell said in a statement released by the team. "I can't wait to get out there to see everybody."

Russell was expected ...

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