Tackle's career marred by drugs, legal woes

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have reached an agreement with free-agent DT Darrell Russell on a one-year contract.

ESPN.com's John Clayton, who reported Monday that the deal was close, said the Bucs were offering $685,000, including a $25,000 signing bonus.

Russell, taken by the Raiders with the No. 2 pick in the 1997 draft, was suspended four games in 2001 for failing to comply with the NFL's drug policy. Shortly after that, he tested positive for another banned substance and was slapped with a one-year suspension that later was made indefinite by the league.

Stemming from an incident on Jan. 31, 2002, during his suspension, Russell was charged as an accomplice in the drugging of a woman with the date-rape drug GHB and videotaping two of his friends allegedly sexually assaulting her. On Sept. 12, 2002, 25 counts of felony rape and sexual assault against the three were dropped for a lack of evidence.

Russell was reinstated last fall and signed by the Redskins.

John Clayton is a senior writer for ESPN.com.