Davis will make final call on Russell

NFL Network insider Michael Lombardi reports that while the sentiment in Oakland is to release QB JaMarcus Russell, only one man in the organization is in position to make that call, owner Al Davis.

The Raiders open up minicamp this weekend and there’s a good chance a decision on Russell’s future will be made before then because, as NFL Network insider Jason La Canfora reported Tuesday, the Raiders would risk $10 million if the quarterback comes to minicamp and has an injury.

Despite being the No. 1 overall pick in the 2007 NFL Draft, Lombardi speculates that Russell could have a hard time finding work elsewhere due to questions about his commitment to football.

Some other highlights of Lombardi’s Around the League segment Wednesday:

  • With Ryan Clady‘s injury, the Broncos could make a run at free-agent OT Flozell Adams. The veteran could give the team an insurance policy in case Clady’s recovery takes longer than expected.
  • Shawne Merriman‘s future with the Chargers remains in doubt, but it’s clear his appeal isn’t what it used to be in San Diego.
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