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Russell missing as workouts start

David White, Chronicle Staff Writer

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

(03-15) 21:40 PDT -- The Raiders' quarterback competition unofficially began Monday with the start of voluntary workouts. So far it's a two-horse race, with neither one named JaMarcus Russell.

The 2007 No. 1 overall draft pick was not seen by teammates at team headquarters Monday, and no one interviewed has any idea where he has been this offseason.

The Raiders do know the whereabouts of the two quarterbacks who leapfrogged Russell into the starting lineup last season. Bruce Gradkowski has been at the team facility all month, and Charlie Frye arrived Monday after signing his restricted-free-agent contract.

"Signed it Sunday," Frye said of his one-year, $1.226 million pact. "Ready to go."

So is Pro Bowl long snapper Jon Condo, another restricted free agent who signed his second-round contract tender of $1.68 million, according to a league source.

Russell is under contract for $9.5 million next season, but he was nowhere to be found.

Raiders coach Tom Cable said at the NFL combine there would be an open competition. That's in contrast with last year, when Russell was crowned the starter in the offseason.

"Nobody has heard anything about where he's at," said one starting player, on the condition of anonymity.

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Oakland has the best witness protection program in the nation. You go there and then nobody has any idea where you are.

I gotta hand it to Russell, and especially his agent. Wow, $9.5M. It must be guaranteed or something for them to not just outright cut him too. If I was an NFL player reading this, or a guy about to be drafted, I'd place a call to this agent.

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