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JaMarcus Russell

I'm Back From The Debt!

8/28/2011 5:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

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NFL bust JaMarcus Russell is still paying for the mess he made in Oakland ... but this time it's a good thing.

TMZ has learned ... the #1 overall pick in the 2007 Draft was hit with a $223,180.05 lien by the State of California Tax Board for failing to pay his taxes in 2008 ... when he still played for the Raiders.

But this story has a happy ending, because according to court documents filed in Alameda County, CA -- JaMarcus recently paid off his debt the lien has been released.

Russell still has ties to Oakland -- where a $2.4 million mansion he owns is still in foreclosure and is set to be auctioned off next month ... unless he decides to pay off the debts and penalties.

FYI -- Russell famously signed a RIDICULOUS contract worth around $60 mil in 2007 -- and then proceeded to only win seven games in three pathetic seasons.


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