Baffling timing for Raiders

MIKE GANTER, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 9:54 AM ET

No one has ever accused Al Davis of being overly smart.

Now we know why.

The Oakland Raiders owner on Thursday officially parted ways with former No. 1 overall quarterback bust JaMarcus Russell.

That's actually the smart part. The head-scratcher in all of this is why the team waited about 10 days and a potentially costly injury later than they had to.

The Raiders can now get Russell off the books for about $3 million US. Had he hurt himself in that mini-camp two weekends ago, it would have been substantially more costly.

The fine folks over at the Pro Football Today website suggest that Davis may have purchased insurance to cover them in the event Russell did get hurt, but what's the upside in purchasing a policy when you could have avoided it all by just cutting him before the camp?

That's about as smart as drafting Russell in the first place.

VIKINGS TAKE A HIT

Barring a successful appeal, the Williams Wall, better known as defensive tackles Pat Williams and Kevin Williams, will be sitting out a four-game suspension to begin the 2010 season that the league handed down in '08 when both tested positive for the steroid masking agent Bumetanide.

The Williamses -- they are not related -- have claimed from the beginning that they were not aware they were using a banned substance and filed a lawsuit claiming as much. The snail-like due process enabled them to keep playing in the interim until a Minnesota judge finally ruled in favour of the league on Thursday.

The Williamses' presence in the middle of that Vikings line is almost impenetrable. With sackmaster Jared Allen on the end, teams have to pick their poison, either doubling the quarterback-seeking Allen or helping out in the middle to push some of that Williams bulk out of the way and make room for a running game.

As much as the Redskins keep saying they won't trade Albert Haynesworth, the fact remains he is working out on his own rather with the team, a fact confirmed by GM Bruce Allen yesterday. And if the four-game absence of the two big run-stuffers in Minny is going to be a problem, Haynesworth at least represents an option for them.

PACMAN BACK

Adam (Pacman) Jones is getting another chance. The Cincinnati Bengals are expected to sign the troubled cornerback, who sat out all of last season, to a two-year deal.

Of course, the former first-round pick's chances of starting are slim with Leon Hall and Johnathan Joseph around.

FOURTH AND INCHES

Adalius Thomas' departure from that nasty old Bill Belichick in New England isn't turning out to be the honeymoon he thought it would be. Thomas, who battled with Belichick's no-nonsense rules, has been without a team for 10 days and counting. The Jets, with former coach Rex Ryan in charge, were thought to be a nice landing spot for Thomas, but the Jets aren't exactly beating his door down ... Undrafted former Duke basketball player and Syracuse QB Greg Paulus will be at the Saints' rookie mini-camp.


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