Former 1st pick overall, QB Jamarcus Russell (above).

Jamarcus Russell, cut this spring by the Raiders after collecting approximately $ 36 M in guaranteed money, was arrested at his Alabama home today for possessing liquid codeine.  He made bail and was released after being booked.

Police in Mobile County, Alabama, alleged that Russell was in possession of codeine, a prescription painkiller. Sheriff’s spokesperson Lori Myles told the AP that Russell was arrested as part of an undercover investigation.

The arrest comes two months after the Raiders cut Russell, whom they had selected with the first overall selection in the 2007 draft.

Russell was released after posting $2,500 bail. He is due in court on July 20.

Undercover sting?  Seems odd, to say the least.  Really, it was the Raiders who got stung.  Thankfully, the Jets no longer have interest in Russell as a backup to Mark Sanchez, after hearing of today’s arrest.

JaMarcus Russell effectively eliminated himself from becoming a Jet any time this millennium with his latest bonehead move. The free agent quarterback was arrested at his Alabama home today for possession of a controlled substance during a police investigation.

The former Raiders signal caller was busted for codeine syrup, which can be mixed with soda to create “Purple Drank.” (Russell didn’t have a prescription for codeine).

The “Purple Drank”?  That’s a new one for us.  We’ll be sure to look into it for you.

The Jets who have been linked to veteran lefty Mark Brunell, are expected to sign the former Jacksonville star sometime this month.  Brunell told reporters last week that he intends to file for bankruptcy after personally guaranteeing a number of small business loans.

–Crack (