As expected, Raiders quarterback JaMarcus Russell showed up for offseason workouts Tuesday. The surprise came in Russell's physical appearance.
Several players said Russell appears to be in much better shape than he was last season, when Russell's playing weight was listed at 260 pounds.
Russell spent the past month or so working out at a training facility in Arizona, according to director of squad development Willie Brown. Two players confirmed that Russell has been working out in the Phoenix area.
Brown said in an interview on Comcast Sports on Monday night that Russell was absent Monday so that he could complete the purchase of a home in Alabama.
"You'll be surprised when you see him," Brown told Raiders play-by-play announcer Greg Papa on Comcast Sports. "It's quite a bit of weight that he's lost. ... I don't want to pin it down and say how much he lost, but it will be a significant difference when you see him compared with last year. The most important thing is he's getting in shape. Not only losing weight but getting in shape."
Brown said Russell learned from things he endured last year and that he is eating prepared meals, working out and doing the things asked of him by the Raiders. A former Raiders player has been assigned to watch over Russell, as well.
A Raiders official said Russell won't be made available to the media until the team's first minicamp, which typically takes place one or two weeks after the
Trade: The Seattle Seahawks have traded pass-rushing defensive end Darryl Tapp to Philadelphia for defensive end Chris Clemons and the Eagles' fourth-round choice in next month's draft. Clemons played two seasons with Philadelphia after posting a career-high eight sacks in 2007, his only season with Oakland.
Packers: The California Highway Patrol says Green Bay Packers linebacker and tight end Spencer Havner is facing DUI charges after crashing a motorcycle and breaking his shoulder blade. The patrol says the 27-year-old wasn't wearing a helmet when he lost control at the end of a cul-de-sac and crashed at about 2:45 a.m. Monday in Grass Valley, his hometown about 55 miles north of Sacramento.
Jets: The team and fullback Tony Richardson, 38, have agreed to terms on a one-year deal.
Vikings: Linebacker E.J. Henderson is back on his feet and says he's on track to return to the field for training camp. Henderson broke his leg against Arizona on Dec. 6.
Falcons: Atlanta has released former first-round pick Tye Hill and signed former Cal safety Matt Giordano.
Chiefs: The team announced the signing of free agent left guard Ryan Lilja, a 59-game starter for the Indianapolis Colts who was claimed off waivers from Kansas City in 2004. Terms were not disclosed.
Rams: The team has added depth to the offensive line, signing 10-year veteran center Hank Fraley.
Bills: Free-agent linebacker Andra Davis has signed with the Bills.
Chargers: Chief operating officer Jim Steeg says he is leaving the team at the end of the month.
The Associated Press contributed to these notes.