Former Oakland Raiders quarterback JaMarcus Russell has been charged with possession of a controlled substance -- codeine syrup -- after being arrested at his home in Alabama on Monday, authorities said.
The 24-year-old former LSU star and the No. 1 draft choice in 2007 was arrested as part of an undercover narcotics investigation, said Mobile County Sheriff's spokeswoman Lori Myles. She would not say what led to his arrest. She said he did not have a prescription for the codeine.
Myles told reporters that several people were in Russell's home at the time of his arrest but Russell was the only person taken into custody.
Russell cost the Raiders nearly $30 million. He never even sniffed a 50% completion percentage. Now, his NFL career is effectively over at 24 years of age. He may still resurrect his career in Canada and the UFL. Still, for now, he enters the conversation with Ryan Leaf as the biggest NFL bust.