Raiders talks with Russell hit stalemate

JaMarcus Russell still isn't signed and it doesn't look like a deal is going to be reached any time soon. That probably won't effect the Raiders' offense much, but it will be a blow to the rookie quarterback, who continues to sit at his mother's house waiting for a contract to get done.

"We're now getting to the point where we've had enough practices where it is going to be a disadvantage to him once he does get here because he is going to be behind," Raiders coach Lane Kiffin said.

Asked what the sticking point was in the contract talks, Kiffin said simply, "Money."

Ironically, while the Raiders were practicing Sunday, director of football development Mark Jackson was on the sidelines watching the workouts rather than working on the JaMarcus Russell deal. Jackson isn't the point man in the negotiations but it was still odd to see.

Nevertheless, the two sides appeared to be making progress until this weekend.

"(It's) actually going kind of slow right now with him," Kiffin said Sunday. "The last 24 hours, not much progress has been made."

Kiffin and Russell played phone-tag Sunday, leaving messages with one another but not talking personally.

"He's very frustrated. He wishes he was here," Kiffin said. "He's put it into the hands of the people representing him and he's completely out of it from his point of view. He's really decided to stay out of it and put it in their hands."

Meanwhile, Kiffin said Russell is losing a lot of ground by not being in camp while Josh McCown and Andrew Walter split reps with the starting offense.

"Obviously we're going to spend tireless hours with him and special time getting him caught up, but it's just not that easy of just hours. It's reps," Kiffin said. "We can't make those up, all the stuff that Josh and Andrew are getting right now. They're in there in live blitz drills and they're throwing with people in their face. We can't make that up. That's going to be a disadvantage to him. We just hope there's not many more reps that he does miss."

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