Raiders sign Bush; Russell talks stall

Michael Bush became the latest Oakland draft pick to come to terms with the team, signing a multi-year contract with the Raiders on Wednesday.

The news isn't as encouraging with top pick JaMarcus Russell, however, and with less than 24 hours until players report to training camp, it looks increasingly likely that Russell won't be among them.

Russell, the No. 1 overall pick in the draft, and the Raiders have been in negotiations for weeks and had appeared to be making significant progress toward getting a deal done. But in recent days the talks have stalled out and according to one insider, the two sides are "miles apart."

Last year's top overall draft pick, defensive end Mario Williams of the Houston Texans, signed a six-year contract worth $54 million that included a $26.5 million signing bonus. Russell is said to be seeking a deal pushing the $60 million range.

Historically, the Raiders have done a good job avoiding contract holdouts with their draft picks and it's not in Lane Kiffin's best interest to have his first training camp as an NFL head coach get too far along without his prized rookie there.

Bush will be there and with a lot of attention on him. The former Louisville running back was projected as a potential first-round pick prior to his final season in college before a broken leg ended his 2006 season and sent his draft stock plummeting.

The Raiders picked him up in the fourth round, a potential steal if he can regain his form.

"It feels good," Bush said of his contract in a statement released by the team. "I am real happy about it. It's all new, you have to read things carefully and sit down with your agent to go over things. I will be out there [at camp] ready to go."


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