Russell goes unclaimed, clears waivers

Updated: May 7, 2010, 6:38 PM ET
By Bill Williamson | ESPN.com

JaMarcus Russell is now a free agent.

As expected, the talented but extremely disappointing quarterback went unclaimed Friday and passed waivers. He is now free to sign with any team that may become interested in him.

Russell, 24, was cut by the Oakland Raiders on Thursday. He was expected to go unclaimed because his salary is more than $9 million this season. Any team that would have claimed Russell would have been responsible for his salary this season. Russell will likely not garner anything other than the minimum league salary if he signs with a team. He made more than $39 million in Oakland over the course of the past three seasons.

The Raiders used the No.1 overall pick on Russell in the 2007 draft. He never developed and was 7-18 as a starter, the worst winning percentage of any quarterback who was drafted No. 1. He became the quickest quarterback who was the No. 1 pick to be released by his drafting team.

Bill Williamson covers the AFC West for ESPN.com.

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