NFL: Oakland Raiders Pay JaMarcus Russell $3 Million

Former Oakland Raiders quarterback JaMarcus Russell was reportedly paid the $3 million his former team owed him.

Jul 3 2013, 12:32am CDT | by

NFL: Oakland Raiders Pay JaMarcus Russell $3 Million
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Former Oakland Raiders quarterback JaMarcus Russell is reportedly $3 million richer. 

According to the San Francisco Chronicle's Vic Tafur, the Raiders paid Russell that amount in a settlement over a dispute in his rookie contract. The deal was signed in September of 2007 and amounted to $68 million over a six-year period. Russell was released in May of 2010 after three forgettable seasons in Oakland. 

Tafur says Russell was paid a total of $36.4 million at the time of his release but was still owed $3 million by Oakland. In Tafur's words, "The Raiders filed a grievance against Russell, seeking repayment of $9.55 million in salary advances, and Russell filed a grievance of his own, saying he was owed an additional $9 million."

He has been making some headlines lately in his attempt to lose weight and make a comeback. As of June 21, Russell had reportedly lost at least 50 pounds. Earlier that month, he was invited by the Chicago Bears for a workout. He was said to have shown a strong throwing arm during the drills, but was understandably rusty. 

Former NFl quarterback Jeff Garcia, who has been helping Russell in his road back to the NFL, is impressed with his protege's throwing motion in spite of his three-year hiatus. 

"The natural abilities for him to throw the ball as people said when he as coming out of LSU - he is impressive in that way. He does have just the natural technique. That ball comes out so smooth, so effortlessly. It's slick, it rotates. It goes the way that you would like to go. I think more so than anything, though, it's gonna be his confidence." 

The 27-year-old Russell hasn't played in the NFL since his release from the Raiders. During his stint, he completed 354 of 680 passes for 4,083 yards and 18 touchdowns as well as 23 interceptions. As a starter, he compiled a 7-18 record. 

 
 
 


Poch de la Rosa follows all major U.S. sports: NFL, MLB, NBA, NHL and the NCAA. His favorite teams are the Colts, Braves, Pacers, Sharks and Irish, respectively.

 

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