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Russell’s $3 million was all the Raiders owed him

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When news broke that the Raiders had agreed to pay quarterback JaMarcus Russell another $3 million, our first thought was whether that was the extent of what the Raiders owed him, or whether he could have gotten more and settled for less to get it done now.

PFT has obtained a detailed summary of Russell’s contract, which shows that Russell was owed only $3 million.

That’s the amount of Russell’s 2010 base salary that was fully guaranteed.  Russell was due to make another $6.45 million in 2010, but he was cut by the Raiders in May of that year.

The Raiders reportedly had tried to obtained repayment of more than $9 million in salary advances.  The contract summary, however, reveals that the advances reflected guaranteed salary.  If the Raiders hadn’t paid it in advance, Russell still would have been entitled to it.

It’s a problem no team ever will have in the future, unless the current rookie wage scale is scuttled.  The team that holds the first pick in the draft no longer has to make such a huge financial commitment on the hope that the player selected will end up earning it.

In turn, the player will enter the league without the kind of mammoth contract that could cause some to become too complacent to try.

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20 Responses to “Russell’s $3 million was all the Raiders owed him”
  1. romoscollarbone says: Jul 5, 2013 9:26 AM

    3 million bucks…..lord won’t you buy me a Mercedes Benz my friends all drank lean/purp/ codeine and don’t say amenzzzz

  2. skoobyfl says: Jul 5, 2013 9:27 AM

    15,000 calorie a day diets get expensive, along with the cost of purple drink.

  3. MyTeamsAllStink says: Jul 5, 2013 9:33 AM

    as long as that debts settled

  4. lrical says: Jul 5, 2013 9:42 AM

    Still don’t see how with the rookie wage scale veterans are still getting screwed

  5. wingsnwater says: Jul 5, 2013 10:01 AM

    lrica: Because the star players are now getting the left over rookie money instead of spreading out to all of the Veterans.

  6. bugboo48 says: Jul 5, 2013 10:23 AM

    Never has anyone earned so much and produced so little. Excepting, of course, Kim Kardashian, Darko Milicich and the entire US House of Representatives.

  7. eatitfanboy says: Jul 5, 2013 10:30 AM

    I guarantee you every penny of that 3M is already spent or owed to somebody.

  8. frankiemontana says: Jul 5, 2013 10:48 AM

    Swaggering boisterously.
    His face is weatherbeaten
    He wears a hooded sash
    With a silver hat about his head
    And a bristling black mustache.
    He growls as he storms the country
    A villain big and bold
    And the trees all shake and quiver and quake
    As he robs them of their gold.
    The Autumn wind is a Raider Pillaging just for fun
    He’ll knock you ’round and upside down
    And laugh when he’s conquered and won.
    Happy Belated Birthday MR.Davis.
    Raider Nation

  9. hrmlss says: Jul 5, 2013 11:01 AM

    Now he can drop the “comeback” attempt. Until mid season….

  10. trajanthe1st says: Jul 5, 2013 11:41 AM

    One would hope that everyone responsible for this disaster with the Raiders have been canned. Al Davis is dead , so he’s off the hook, but any other executives that signed off on this deal need to be canned.

  11. blackhawks2010 says: Jul 5, 2013 11:42 AM

    Russell will gain 50 pounds in 3 weeks. No willpower or self respect. Now he has some money, he’s pigging out, boo yah!

  12. saltyr8r says: Jul 5, 2013 12:59 PM

    May he burn in hell. Can’t even stand to hear anyone say his name. Shake my damn head every time I see some idiot still wearing his jersey!

  13. raiderinva says: Jul 5, 2013 1:20 PM

    It’s a sad tell of society when fans of the game moch one of the greatest men in the history of the game and celebrate his death on the eve of his birthday.

    It is also a sad irony that it was Russell that change the course of players salaries by the installation of the rookie salary cap.

  14. radrntn says: Jul 5, 2013 1:50 PM

    3 million more reasons why he is the greatest bust in the history of the nfl.

  15. jimmylions says: Jul 6, 2013 5:35 AM

    “In turn, the player will enter the league without the kind of mammoth contract that could cause some to become too complacent to try.”

    This implies that the only reason guys play NFL football, or that people do anything at all, is for the cash payoff. That is of course an incredibly stupid assumption to make about why people do things and what motivates people.

  16. ironman721 says: Jul 6, 2013 11:09 AM

    Yeah cause he earned it. What a joke. Russell should be ashamed to cash it!

  17. araidersfan says: Jul 6, 2013 12:34 PM

    3 mil. to finally and completely rid the team of Russell? That has to be the most expensive enema on record.

  18. open1337 says: Jul 8, 2013 2:16 PM

    Ja Carcass can go choke on any steak dinner for all I care. The man is a testament to all things learned from lessons in futility.
    I’m sure he hasn’t missed a meal since Christ died…

  19. westcoastraider says: Jul 8, 2013 4:31 PM

    Most expensive deuce to drop ever… Now that it’s out, wipe deep flush twice and let’s move on with our lives…

    RaiderNation 2013… You can hate us, but you will respect us!!

  20. corporate1raider says: Jul 19, 2013 9:22 PM

    I think it depends on how you define the word “bust.” JR received millions of dollars for doing next to nothing other than being winning a college championship and putting himself in position to be chosen #1 overall. He received millions of dollars for his potential.

    We should all be such busts.

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