As the optimistic drumbeat continues towards eventual resolution of the long-running labor dispute between the NFL owners and players, we are starting to hear reports of what an eventual Collective Bargaining Agreement will look like.
As has been clear from some time, top incoming rookies are going to be sacrificed; Sam Bradford will go down in history as the last bonus baby of the NFL Draft. The key for the NFLPA is having this rookie sacrifice work for the greater good.
We know that Russell is a talent and that if the Raiders did not select him first in the 2007 Draft he would have been scooped up soon thereafter. The issue with Russell has been work ethic, discipline and willingness to get better.