August 06, 2007

As the NFL approaches a full slate of preseason games next weekend, just three players taken in the first round are currently without a contract. Here's the latest on the trio.

JaMarcus Russell/QB/Raiders/No. 1 overall pick: Negotiations between Russell and the Raiders have been contentious of late. The first pick of the draft is looking for a contract which will approach $60 million and give him guarantees close to $30 million. Like other No. 1 picks in the past, Russell wants protection for the guaranteed money under any circumstance, such as injury or poor performance. That has been a sticking point for owner Al Davis.

Russell has agreed to insert language into the contract which obligates him to return a portion of the guaranteed money if there are off-the-field violations. If the Russell negotiations go nowhere veteran Daunte Culpepper has a great shot to take the starting quarterback job from Josh McCown..

Darrelle Revis/CB/Jets/No. 14 overall pick: As with almost all the players chosen after the fifth pick, Revis is looking for a five-year contract. He'll even accept a deal similar to the one signed by Marshawn Lynch, the 12th player drafted, which is a six-year contract that can be voided after five seasons. But Mike Tannenbaum and the Jets remain steadfast offering Revis a simple six-year deal.

Many inside the league think this is unreasonable given other contracts negotiated in the middle of round one. The Jets feel time is on their side since Revis was not drafted to be an immediate starter for a defense that brings back most of its secondary from last season.

Brady Quinn/QB/Browns/No. 22 overall pick: Even after a monumental slide in the first round last April, Quinn wants the guarantees of a top-15 selection. Salary and incentives during the final years of the contract are also a sticking point since Quinn wants to be certain he is be paid the way a starting quarterback in the NFL should be if he is behind center five years from now.

To date, the Browns have been fair with Quinn. But at the same time the franchise is likely aware other teams do not want them to over pay for the signal caller.

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