Raiders, JaMarcus Russell agree to $3 million settlement in contract dispute

7/3/13 in NFL   |   IvanRogers   |   1352 respect

FanIQ | Sports Rumors, Gossip, Blogs, News & Discussion ForumsThe Oakland Raiders have already paid more than half of JaMarcus Russell’s rookie contract, but three years after they cut the 2007 draft bust,  he is still costing the team more money. The Raiders believed Russell owed them money after they waived the 2007 NFL draft 1st overall pick in 2010, but it turns out that they will be cutting another pay check for him a few weeks from now.
It’s not an ideal scenario for the Raiders, who are already on the hook for $49.6 million in dead money this season to players who are no longer on the current roster. However, it helps to resolve a dispute about guaranteed money, which the both parties had been locked in since the of the 2011 season.
At the time when Russell signed his six-year, $68 million contract, there was no rookie page scale in place, so the Raiders have already paid him $36.4 million of the deal. But the Raiders filed a grievance seeking $9.55 million, claiming the contract was changed at one point during Russell’s NFL career and he now owed them for salary advances. Russell filed a counter grievance seeking an additional $ 9 million pay check claiming the Raiders had not paid all of the fully guaranteed money.
Both sides were set to go to court recently before they came to an agreement. The settlement suggests that Russell built a stronger case and the Raiders lost confidence in their side of the argument since the team will now pay Russell an additional $3 million this year.
So, it turns out that holding out to the Raiders offseason workouts and training camp till the first game of his rookie season, to get the team to agree to  all the guarantees he and his agent were seeking, did after all pay out for JaMarcus Russell.
The former Louisiana State University product had three unproductive seasons with the Raiders, compiling a 7-18 record through 2007-2009. Russell started only one game at quarterback during his rookie season. Although he showed some progress during the 2008 season, he was struggling again in 2009. Russell lost his starting job with the Raiders in mid-season,  and was criticized by coaches for weight issues and his work ethics.
He completed 52.1 percent of his passes during his short NFL career, while compiling 18 touchdowns, 23 interceptions, 15 lost fumbles and posting a passer rating of 65.2.
The 27-year-old Russell has been recently planning a comeback and reportedly lost 50 pounds to get closer to his college playing weight  and back in NFL-ready shape.
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