Russell’s release to come this week?

NFL Network insider Jason La Canfora considers JaMarcus Russell‘s release by the Raiders a matter of when, not if. And the when could come before this weekend’s minicamp in Alameda, Calif.

The Raiders already have paid Russell $36 million in what has to be considered a bad deal for the team. According to La Canfora, the Raiders would risk $10 million more if Russell comes to minicamp and has an injury. The Raiders would be prevented from releasing Russell if he’s injured, so La Canfora believes the QB’s release is imminent.

Some other highlights of La Canfora’s Around the League segment Tuesday:

  • Titans RB Chris Johnson isn’t at the team’s workouts this week, and La Canfora doesn’t expect him to show up for any voluntary team activities. Johnson wants a new contract, to be paid commiserate with his production. (Don’t we all?) This situation isn’t going away, and La Canfora believes it could drag all the way into training camp.
  • The Redskins could have a shakeup in their front office, with some people believing Jim and Jeff Goodman, the father-son personnel team fired after Mike Shanahan in Denver, could have a reunion with the coach in Washington.
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