Raiders file grievance against JaMarcus Russell

The Oakland Raiders have filed a grievance against former quarterback JaMarcus Russell in an effort to get back $9.55 million they paid him.

We have filed a grievance against JaMarcus Russell and that’s all we’re going to say at this time,” Raiders attorney Jeff Birren told Jason Cole of Yahoo! Sports.

The Raiders will apparently contend that some of the money they already paid Russell was actually an advance on his salaries for 2010, 2011 and 2012, and that he’s not entitled to keep that money since he won’t play for the Raiders during those three seasons. Russell’s agent Eric Metz disputed the Raiders’ contention.

“The money in question was fully guaranteed. That is why JaMarcus was forced to hold out and miss all of training camp as a rookie,” Metz said. “The Raiders know that and this is our only comment.”

117 responses to “Raiders file grievance against JaMarcus Russell

  1. The Raiders are on their home turf on this one, a courtroom. They have a much better record in the courts than on the football field.

  2. If only they had put “you must try” into his contract, they might win…but I think that’s usually just taken for granted.

  3. So that was the hold up on his release. That was the best thing Big Al could conjure up? What a joke.

  4. hhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa
    Raiders aren’t goin to win that one

  5. Hell…….the Raiders should go after every last cent they paid him. Call it a ‘waste of space’ clause or something. And to think, he held out for more money….

  6. Can i file a grievance against the Raiders for continuing to bring down the level of society and the NFL for so many years now?

  7. The reason he’s not going to be playing for them is because they chose to get rid of him.
    Next question.

  8. They should have him arrested for stealing the money! He sure did not earn it!

  9. Good. Any judge would agree that he needs to pay back the money for being so crappy.

  10. He took so much and gave so little; might as well try to get some of it back, if you’ve got a case. Litigation nation.

  11. Good for the Raiders! Russell is/was a thief. Signed his contract and then DID NOTHING at all after that. The team should have found a way to get rid of him without paying him at all. Seems like his work habits were conduct detrimental to the team in a way.
    Either way, whether they win or not, Im glad theyre going after JaThargic the Thief.
    Problem is, that fat ass probably already spent the money. Im sure the unable to speak clearly retard will be broke in a few years.

  12. Leave it to Al to try to get back money that was already guaranteed to Russell, its no wonder the Raiders organization sucks beyond repair… That is why it is called guaranteed Money Al you F*ckin moron

  13. Hey! Why haven’t you reported that Albert Haynesworth got a ‘Salma Hayek look-alike’ stripper from Brooklyn pregnant? Oh yeah, & way to go Al Davis! NO WAY does JaMarshmellow deserve to walk away with $39M, scottfree & . Make the NFLPA defend him! No way should the NFL let him pull this transparent stunt.

  14. Now they are trying to Jam Jamarcus.
    “He’s our QB, get over it”… said Al.
    You get over it Al.
    You got taken for a ride.
    You might want to try to sign the first round draft pick BEFORE the draft next time(s) seeing how we are going to suck for many more years.
    “Commitment to What”?

  15. Typical Raider BS. JaJunk over paid but he did not hold a gun to Dead Al’s head. Instead of paying the lawyers, pay a GM and improve the team. The days of fearing dead Al’s lawyers is long gone

  16. Al Davis never met a courtroom he didn’t like.
    Just get that money, baby.

  17. Lets see if Eric is all that sharp, These guaranteed contracts, and huge $$$$ going to rookies that have never played a down, needs to be addressed

  18. I’m sure most of the $9.55 million was spent at the all you can eat Red Lobster…..good luck collecting.

  19. I bet he doesn’t even have that left from the 40 million they gave him. Leave it up to Al Davis, he isn’t going to let this go lightly.

  20. the raiders are guilty of stupidity. the laughing stock of the nfl. i love watching that lousy team lose every week. i heard the dopes lost next years # 1 pick to new england. thanks a lot dummies!

  21. Players Union will get behind him no doubt about it. Really, I hope old Al wins since if, as in the case of Chris Johnson, players outperform their contract and want more money, what about underperformance? Will they give the money back? Ask Marshall Faulk about that one.

  22. “The money in question was fully guaranteed. That is why JaMarcus was forced to hold out and miss all of training camp as a rookie.”
    Most of us figured he was going to suck since the Raiders drafted him.
    Quite fitting that he and his agent knew he was going to suck too.

  23. The Raiders are the worst. How the hell can you be a fan of this team? They are the only team in the NFL that regularly does this- tries to weasel out of paying money they owe. Shanahan, Kiffin, Russell, on and on it goes.
    Guess what Al- you f***** up, you signed these people- if signing these people was a mistake- it’s on YOU. Pay the damn money you owe. That’s why it’s called a contract. You don’t get to go back on your word every time someone you signed turns out to suck. If you can’t judge talent, maybe you should hire someone who can.
    What a dishonest, dishonorable, disrespectful, cowardly loser. His word as a man means nothing to him, and it shouldn’t mean anything to anyone else.
    Cue all the Raider apologists who will point out all of the failings of the people Davis is trying to screw. You miss the point- IT DOESN’T MATTER- that’s why they call it a contract.

  24. ‘Forced to hold out and miss all of training camp’…yeah, that’s why his fat ass has been forced out the door.
    He should have to reimburse every season ticket holder for 3 years worth of having to sit and watch his pathetic attempt at playing football.

  25. I hope the Raiders take his a$$ to the bank! And that will pave the way for the Skins to take the money from Fat Albert.

  26. All I know is that JaMarcus Russell was the greatest qb ever for the Raiders.. I absoutely loved him, and for sure he was a great player, get over it.. The Raiders know nothing about going to court.

  27. Funny.
    Lane Kiffin didn’t want Russell. Now they’re both in the same boat: fighting Al Davis for money.
    Davis is a real piece of work.
    BTW, anyone want to imagine what Russell will look like in 20 years? Morbidly obese, broke and maybe dead from not lifting a finger for work in two decadesd?

  28. Well they did make a deal & sign an agreement.
    Reminds me of the famous line in “Wag the Dog” when Robert Di Nero calls out Dustin Hoffman, who was playing a Hollywood Producer, for trying to renege on a deal he made with the CIA.
    Hoffman: “Deals change”.

  29. even a 100% refund won’t make up for these past few years of ineptitude on all levels

  30. Russell doesnt deserve the money, but I am more than happy to see AL get screwed over for once. Shanahan and a bunch of others are laughing their azzes off right now.
    How do you like that bitch slap of karma AL?

  31. Not quite on the same level as the Redskins suing their season ticket holders, but almost as low.

  32. Blah blah blah all u raider haters… I’m sure if Fat boy was on ur team and performed the way he did on the raiders and ur team cut him and wants at least some money back u guys would be all for it… talk all u want but I’m sure half of u busters here were raider fans when they were winning. Now that they had some bad years you guys wanna run ur mouths about how much of an embarassment they are. If I’m not mistaken the Bengals sucked for countless yrs, the Lions shouldn’t even be a pro team, the chargers have been pitiful for so many years until recently (which by the way has the most bandwagon fans in history) the redskins will always suck, pretty much all of the nfc west is garbage besides the 9ers with their history. So all u haters should shut ur mouths… oh and if anyone says they are pats fans and don’t live in crappy boston is full of it. Raiders go 10-6 or 9-7 guaranteed. Then all u haters can jump on the bandwagon and act like u guys were fans all along. Ugggh I hate fake fans

  33. I hate the Raiders. I hate the Raiders. And one day, I’ll hunt that sonovabitch Ben Dreith down and give him “the business”.
    But the fact that this fat, piece of crap held his chance to be an NFL QB in such little regard is immensely annoying to me.
    I can’t understand why RaiderNation hasn’t given him the cement shoes treatment. Hope Al wins this one.

  34. Good, I hope they are doing it just to make the fat slob have to pay his lawyer to defend him. Hopefully there are no “attorneys fees” clause to bail his fat rear end out.
    Now the best of all would be that the fat one has to pay the 9 mill back. He didn’t earn any of it. Heck Al, just go for the entire contract amount! The Fat One never showed up for work.

  35. All the idiots in this forum sucks … its guaranteed !! its guaranteed !! you stupid jokes just cuz its guaranteed doesn’t mean he can sit at home after he signs it he has to play football and seriously try just ask Ricky Williams if players payback guaranteed money

  36. @realitypolice
    “The Raiders are the worst. How the hell can you be a fan of this team?”
    its called loyalty you should try it sometime. not every nfl fan jumps ship to the next superbowl winner

  37. HAHAHAHAHAHAHA, the Raiders got screwd, lol, hahahahahahahahahaha. Hey Al you should have listen to Lane…… Now you want your money back, child please. I hope he keeps it.

  38. I think there is precedence on this topic all you Raida Hata’s.
    Detroit’s Charles Rogers was ordered to pay back $6.1 million of his signing bonus because of not playing and failing drug tests.
    While I don’t know if the Raidas’ have case against Russell just because they cut him and he’s not playing, we don’t know the contract language.
    If they do win it would change the landscape for teams and signing bonuses so they will probably lose.

  39. JaMarcus: “But just think of all the Twinkies and jewelery I could buy.”
    Al Davis: “But just think of all the jumpsuits and jewelery I could buy.”

  40. I hate the Raiders. I hate the Raiders. And one day, I’ll hunt that sonovabitch Ben Dreith down and give him “the business”.
    But the fact that this fat, piece of crap held his chance to be an NFL QB in such little regard is immensely annoying to me.
    I can’t understand why RaiderNation hasn’t given him the cement shoes treatment. Hope Al wins this one.

  41. 39.5 million –
    40% irs
    15% agent
    1o% entourage
    331/3 % lawyers
    leaves russell enough for a happy meal !
    which by the way is not enough to make russell happy !

  42. Typical Al Davis.
    Hey Al, when JaMarcus Russell showed up at the NFL Combine needing a Bro (or Manzeer), did it ever occur to you even once that he was lazy?

  43. No true Raider fan can be a “Raider Apologist.”
    The real fans – y’know, the ones who actually watch and love the game – know that Al blew this from Day 1. Even those of is – myself included – who wanted to draft the guy – have conceded our error and just wanna move on.
    Frankly, we’re all pretty much worn out from piss-poor football, overhead projectors and so-called “for cause” nonsense. Shoulda got your No. 1 overall signed to a contract BEFORE you drafted him, not 8 months later when he holds all the cards. Take yer lumps, Stinky.
    We’ve had what at least appears to be a positive offseason – why not focus on that and leave Jamongous in the rear-view mirror? Unless this lawsuit includes a New Owner Clause + refunds for all tickets purcahsed to watch the Greatest Bust of All Time, making it possible to sign the loser in the first place, what’s the point?

  44. Got to love all the ignorant haters on the page that is blasting Al Davis. For the record from what I know Jamarcus was paid 39 million, and are asking for 9 back, so the biggest bust in the history of the NFL got 10 million a year… so for all the morons it does sounds like the puke got paid.
    Furthermore that is why there are contracts, if the contract has a clause where the raiders are entitled to get some of that money back, than all the haters should just pipe down, and realize the NFL is a biz.
    Also for the record Lame Kiffin does not deserve the money either. He intentionally threw games, which is a clear display of insubordination.

  45. JaMarcus is a fraud, he should be in prision. He should of told the raiders he was not interested in being a Qb in the NFL.
    Raiders missed out on 3 superbowls, but finally now this year the silver and black will be NFL champs

  46. Normally I would say this is a low class move.
    You were dumb enough to draft him and that is the huge problem with the draft.
    However, I have seen him attempt to play. He acted like a guy who wanted to be fired. Even the most blind homer true believer Raider apologist has grown exasperated with Russell.
    I have never seen so an inept player be retained so long and given a starter’s job without earning or even being the 2nd best QB on the team.
    Every team has a famous 1st round bust that gets talked about for the the next 40 years. Unless you are the Bengals, Browns, or Bears where you talk about them in groups.
    Russell has a unique place in Raiders history. Their all time worst draft pick.
    In court Al hopes Russell plays defense similarly.

  47. As bad as Russell was, the Raiders are a lousy organization as they fire coaches or dump players left and right and then go to court to get money back. They are an embarrasment to the NFL and I have no idea why any coach or player would want to sign with them when they see this type of stuff happen time after time. Heck, yesterday after the good news on how they were looking in practice, I actually posted how good it was to have good press from one of the historic teams of the league and a day later, its back to the gutter.

  48. steelerer says:
    May 27, 2010 7:16 PM
    Russell doesnt deserve the money, but I am more than happy to see AL get screwed over for once. Shanahan and a bunch of others are laughing their azzes off right now.
    How do you like that bitch slap of karma AL?
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    Ask ShanaRat why he is lauging. He never got the money. He kept complaining about not getting it, even after a court ruled that he would not get the $$. Al Davis had to “ask” him to shut up about it. he did.
    Dont challenge Al in court, its just plain stupid.
    Al suing Jabiscuit will set some sort of Precedence as far as owners not losing millions to these whiny-assed rookies. If Al were younger, he would sort out the Rookie Wage scale issue as well.
    Hate on Haters, the Raiders will be a tough game this year. Next year we are looking playoffs. We are back! GO RAIDERS!!

  49. A blind man could have seen this coming. Of course Al wants his money back. GET OVER IT!

  50. Tell you what, Al. You can get that money back when you pay what you owe your former “fired” coaches like Mike Shanahan, Jon Gruden, and Lame Kiffen.

  51. At 80 years old, Al Davis get’s more ridiculous and embarrassing by the day.

  52. It is childish to call someone a “hater” because they don’t agree with your viewpoint.
    If the money already paid to Russell was fully guaranteed, I don’t see how how Mr. Davis can win. However, I don’t have his contract to read over. Maybe the guaranteed money was guaranteed against injury, not skill.
    That said, I believe it is well past the time for Al Davis to relinquish some control of the team to a General Manager. The Raiders are a storied franchise that deserves to be run better.

  53. As a longtime Raider fan, I have to think of a Roger Waters lyric:
    “You’re nearly a laugh but you’re really a cry”
    And that commentary applies equally to Davis and Russell. Who is more culpable: the lazy thief or the moron who fell head-over-heels for him (enough to compare JaBustus to Elway)?

  54. i really hope the judge turns out to be a Raider fan, that way we would have $39 million back to pay Seymour and McClain and bring quality free agents……FU*K ALL OF YOU RAIDER HATERS…..GOOOOO RAIDEEERRRSS!!!

  55. al should only get back what he wants from jamarcus less what he owes kiffin and what he owes shanarat except for what shanarat borrowed.
    jacarcus wont be recognizable in 5 years or alive in 20 years.

  56. Raiders have lawyers on staff. They get paid the same whether they’re currently suing anyone or not. Drag his fat ass in court and make him pay for a team of lawyers.

  57. the big bronco says:
    May 27, 2010 7:01 PM
    All I know is that JaMarcus Russell was the greatest qb ever for the Raiders.. I absoutely loved him, and for sure he was a great player, get over it.. The Raiders know nothing about going to court.
    —Your posts remind me of the movie “Groundhog’s Day.”

  58. Super Kyle says:
    May 27, 2010 6:17 PM
    Does he honestly think he is owed that?
    ———————-
    yes,absolutly he is owed that money,contract goes both ways,raiders were dumb enough to give it to him,now they have to pay up

  59. Most of these comments are priceless… the Raiders are on the up and up… this is just business, people make it sound like no team has ever gone to court…. whatever.

  60. All these posts an nobody gets it.
    When wealthy people get screwed they don’t get mad they get even. Even?
    The Raiders/Al are going to teach the boy a lesson in life and in doing so are going to make this young man spend some of his money defending himself.
    So it’s not whether you win or lose, it’s about making someone begrudgingly spend their money on lawyers rather than enjoying it on the crap tables in Vegas.
    He’s gonna dog this punk for years.
    It’s a win win for Uncle Al…….

  61. granadafan says:
    May 27, 2010 8:30 PM
    Tell you what, Al. You can get that money back when you pay what you owe your former “fired” coaches like Mike Shanahan, Jon Gruden, and Lame Kiffen.
    —Despite what you believe, Al Davis doesn’t owe Mike Shanahan anything. Shanahan won’t even talk that crap anymore, for fear of lawsuit.
    Jon Gruden was traded to Tampa Bay, not fired.
    If you think Lane Kiffin deserves to be paid, you are dumb, deaf, blind & stupid.

  62. Poor Al. “Jamarcus” is soon to enter Webster’s with the definition of “paid a cr*pload of guaranteed undeserved money”.
    But then, “Al Davis” will probably become a synonym for “withered sucker”.

  63. First of all, the morons saying the Raiders are wasting their time are just plain ignorant because Charles Rogers paid his money back and so did Ricky Williams. If the Raiders paid him an installment already for this season then he has to give the money back. The reason why the Raiders cut him was to save $6 mill from the $9 mill they owed him this year. It looks like the Raiders paid him all of it already for this season or maybe just a portion and now they want it back. They are doing nothing wrong here. It is within their right to pursue this money if this is the case. You shmucks have no clue what you’re talking about half the time. You just see lawsuit and assume the Raiders are trying to get out of something that they created themselves. You are completely wrong and there’s no way for you to spin this.
    Some commenter brought up money owed to Jon Gruden? Um…….what money?
    Kiffin went out of his way to get fired and sabotage his job in order to move on before his contract expired. Why would the Raiders pay some idiot money left on his contract when he was weaseling his way to a job that he actually wanted? When you sign a contract, there is some honor expected to be met on both sides which Kiffin never fulfilled. The Raiders will win the case because everybody could see what Kiffin was doing and he doesn’t deserve to be paid due dishonoring his end of the agreement. Just because you sign a piece of paper that lists responsibilities of your job, doesn’t mean you can forcefully implode your situation without suffering the consequences.
    Some posters on this website really need some comprehension and logic lessons.

  64. Another thing is, look at all the horrible contracts the Raiders have handed out over the years and how many of them end up in a court room? Less than 0.05% because they don’t mind being wrong on a player and overpaying as long as they give the effort to be the player they were expecting. Only in extreme rare cases do they feel the need to head to civil court to settle disputes.
    Raiders do not owe any money to Kiffin or Shanarat because they did not deserve to be paid for their insubordinations.
    If the Raiders were sue happy then why didn’t they sue Art Shell and Tom Walsh for masking a pop warner offense and trying to convince themselves it were an NFL offense? You haters are just misinformed but it’s embarrassing for the rest of us to read your idiocy.

  65. All right!!! Here it is. I said when the Raiders cut JaMarcus that senile cheapskate Al Davis would try to say they “fired him with cause.” And while not a coach, that is basically what they are doing here. And while JaMarcus did indeed steal from the Raiders, the Raiders have NO leg to stand on and JaMarcus will rightfully (by the current rules) keep every penny. Have fun Raiders. At least now you’re moving in the right direction and maybe won’t be laughed at as much.

  66. I can’t help but laugh at you guys that are whining about Russell. In the first place, the Raiders COULD have made more of an effort to sign him before the draft and instead, they took a chance and lost.
    Second, they let the holdout extend into the regular season and as much as it hurts QBs who don’t sign until just before training camp starts, it hurt him even more.
    Third, they hired a QB coach who had NO NFL experience. He was a former QB coach at Fordham and then he was breaking down film before they hired him at age 29. My God, he was practically in NFL pampers and they wanted him to show Russell how to be an N-F-L QB – morons (Contrast this to Dallas, who hired Norv Turner. At the time that he was hired to be OC, Norv was 39, has been a QB coach and OC for USC for several years and had been an NFL coach for 6 years before he took the job with the Cowboys).
    Fourth, they pretty much undercut Kiffin (and Cable) with their attitude and Russell didn’t see a reason to fear him (or Cable) because Davis pretty much kissed his ass for the first 2 1/2 years.
    Fifth, his contract wasn’t the same as the rest of the rookies and he made out like a bandit when he exceeded his incentives in year two and it upped his base in years 3 and 4.
    You can bitch all you want about JR but the Raiders made their bed and they’re the ones that should take the brunt of the criticism.

  67. I cannot wait to see this power point presentation…or will it be old school projecter set?? As long as the crypt keeper pimps his jumpsuit, I don’t think it matters!!

  68. Some of these comments are idiotic. What do you guys expect the man to do? Give up 9mil so he won’t be criticized on the internet? He has to prove his reasons. If just he will win. Otherwise who cares what he does for his money?

  69. Maybe Kiffin and Shanahan can pipe in on this drama. Al is so entertaining win or lose.

  70. Top 5 reasons for a Rookie Pay Scale in the NFL
    10. JaMarcus Russell
    9. JaMarcus Russell
    8. JaMarcus Russell
    7. JaMarcus Russell
    6. JaMarcus Russell
    5. Alex Smith
    4. JaMarcus Russell
    3. JaMarcus Russell
    2. JaMarcus Russell
    1. JaMarcus Russell

  71. Everyone says Al Davis Reniggs on Contracts, but has anyone ever taken the time to read the contracts he creates.
    There is a big misconception that the Raiders contracts are the same as all other 31 teams. They are not. For example there was a clause in his contract that Lane Kiffin’s contract which stated:
    “all of your work is “subject to the direction and supervision of the General Partner” and that the General Partner has “the exclusive right to do all things, which in its sole discretion are necessary to maintain and improve the Club, the football organization and their activities.”
    Lane Kiffin was well aware of this clause and signed the contract anyway.
    And while most other teams sign a Letter/Contract with their official team name, like the Giants, Panthers, Niners, the Raiders sign all of their contracts:
    “A.D. Football, Inc.”
    The popular option here says that Jamarcus Russell signed a contract in which he was guaranteed 39 million dollars. Has anyone actually read this contract? I wouldn’t put it past Al to include a sub clause that changes the context of the guarantee.
    No team has more lawyers on retainers then the Oakland Raiders. Their CEO, Amy Trask is a former Attorney. If there is one thing the Raiders know and understand it is contract law.
    What I don’t understand is why are people like Shanahan, Kiffin and soon to be Jamarcus not held accountable for agreeing to such ridiculous terms to begin with?

  72. The law is unfortunately on JR’s side. The Raiders can pursue that money on the premise that JR’s was in breach of the contract by poor work ethics and thus his demise in Oakland.
    In that case, they have to demonstrate from a Human Resource perspective or a employer/employee type of deal what they did as an organization to remedy the problem; written warning, extra practice, weight reduction program, etc. and JR’s acknowledgement of all these procedings and the possibility of loosing out on the 9.55 millions if he failed to straighen out.
    The Raiders can’t just go to the back room and pen these issues. They know they blew it with JR and now they expect their money back.
    Also, he did not resign from the Raiders. He was essentially fired. Can the judge say hire him back to work out the rest of his contract or go pound sand? I am not impressed with the number of lawyers on the Raiders’ staff. JR can hire an equally impressive group or go to the redlight district and get Gloria Allred cause somebody is getting screwed.
    Any twinky lawyer will tell you about contract laws; this is first year law school material. Right Mikey? I’m not a lawyer but will check further in my law library called google.com/

  73. GiantsDefenseRules says:
    May 27, 2010 10:45 PM
    Top 5 reasons for a Rookie Pay Scale in the NFL
    10. JaMarcus Russell
    9. JaMarcus Russell
    8. JaMarcus Russell
    7. JaMarcus Russell
    6. JaMarcus Russell
    5. Alex Smith
    4. JaMarcus Russell
    3. JaMarcus Russell
    2. JaMarcus Russell
    1. JaMarcus Russell
    ——————————
    Nice list, but it should read:
    1. JaMarcus Russell
    2. Ryan Leaf
    3. JaMarcus Russell
    4. JaMarcus Russell
    5. Alex Smith
    … etc.

  74. I wouldn’t be suprised if Al wins this one, and I hope he does. He know’s his way around a courtroom, and he know’s how to draft contract’s. Russell didn’t deserve 10 million, let alone 39 million. I’d prefer to not have the bad press and just move on from the Russell disaster, but I’d also rather see the money go to players that can improve the team, and want to play.
    As for the notion that Al “always” screw’s his players/coaches out of money is bull. He’s handed out many big contracts to players, probably more than any other organization. Some are deserved, some not, but he doesn’t chase them all down for a refund. He’s had, if my memory is right, 3 contract dispute’s in the last 20+ years. It just happens to be that 2 were in the last 2-3 years. A coach that cashed it in and spoke badly about the orginization and a player that didn’t want to do his job. In practicaly any job I know of, people like that would be fired. Like everyone else, I’m speculating, I don’t know the details of the contract, but I feel pretty confident the contract was worded as such that the Raiders had an escape route planned if Russell failed. And fail he did, an epic fail.

  75. jackybadass says:
    May 27, 2010 6:48 PM
    the raiders are guilty of stupidity. the laughing stock of the nfl. i love watching that lousy team lose every week. i heard the dopes lost next years # 1 pick to new england. thanks a lot dummies!
    ——
    must be a cheatriot fan. I’m sorry but the team might disappoint you these coming seasons. Let’s just see how many games they lose.

  76. Hey Vet735 – Al would like to offer his condolences to your mother because he outlived your pathetic ass…please send her address so he can send a card.

  77. “We will see the Raiders in court”.-The Hamburglar, McDonalds Court Representative. Jamarcus has Mayor McCheese on retainer. The Fry guys are already picking outside Raiders facilities along with Wendy, The Burger King and Carl Jr.

  78. I remember when Russell and Reggie Bush appeared on BET’s 106th & Park show, before Russell’s rookie season started, Russell had on a big chain like he was already a somebody. Bush had told Russell “you have to earn that money before you start spending it”…. I think Reggie knew Russell was gonna be a sorry ass NFL qb.

  79. Wow, Al Davis must be so exhausted from chasing smurfs he actually thinks Jawalrus is going to pay him back.

  80. Doesn’t the analogy “If you $hi+ in your own bed,you get to lay in it.” apply here? Hey Al file a grievence aginst your scouts, and then sue yourself.

  81. GiantsDefenseRules says:
    May 27, 2010 10:45 PM
    Top 5 reasons for a Rookie Pay Scale in the NFL
    10. JaMarcus Russell
    9. JaMarcus Russell
    8. JaMarcus Russell
    7. JaMarcus Russell
    6. JaMarcus Russell
    5. Alex Smith
    4. JaMarcus Russell
    3. JaMarcus Russell
    2. JaMarcus Russell
    1. JaMarcus Russell
    Great list, but I believe you left one guy out that really needs to be on your list. Ryan Leaf ring a bell?

  82. Can Raiders fans file a grievance against Al Davis for their season ticket money back for about the past five seasons?

  83. They should just have JaCarcus arrested for impersonating an NFL QB. That’s outright fraud.

  84. Committment to Excrement!
    Al’s dementia is working overtime because his lawyers have already told him that the money was guaranteed…
    What a mess he has made of what was once a great NFL franchise….

  85. Although I agree Raiders should get some of the money from Russell…the problem here is not Russell or the Raiders…its the money these rookies are being paid when they haven’t played a minute in the NFL.

  86. It seems like everyone who’s released/fired from the Raiders probably should expect to end up in court opposite of Al Davis and his lawyers.
    Has anyone been cut from the Raiders recently, where significant money was still left on the contract, and it did NOT end up being legally contested?
    Al doesn’t seem like he will can anyone unless he thinks there’s a decent chance he will recoup most or all of the outstanding money.

  87. Although so many want this to be about Russell’s (lack of) productivity, that has nothing to do with it; it’s a legal issue, contract law specifically.
    If Davis is correct and win, Russell should sue his agent / lawyer for incompetence. The money is either guaranteed or it’s not. If it’s contingent on being on the roster then it’s not guaranteed, it’s a pre-paid bonus. Russell’s lawyers should have known that and it’s their responsibility to make him aware of that, assuming Davis is correct.
    If Davis is not correct – or for that matter, even if he is – this could backfire on him. Almost no coaches want to work there because he demands full control, and fewer consider Oakland because of him not paying Shanahan and Kiffen. Davis has already stated that he sometimes has to overpay to get a free agent to come to Oakland; attempting to get money back from Russell is just going to keep that many more players away.
    Davis may indeed win this battle, but is it worth it if it results in more players not wanting to be a Raider, or to leave once their rookie contract ends?

  88. The Fans of the Raiders should file a grievance against the raiders to get there money back for the team sucking….Its the same thing as this. Nobody forced Big Al the draft Russell.

  89. Al Davis: Hey, it’s me. Knock, knock. You uhhh…got my money
    (This skit with Stewie & Brian on Family Guy had my crew laughing our asses off when I was deployed in Kuwait, man. Stewie whooped Brian’s tail)
    Give it up, Al. He didn’t smoke it or snort it. He didn’t get arrested. He just got lazy. You can’t get money back for a player being lazy.

  90. Do none of you numbskulls remember Al’s ridiculous lawsuits (that he lost spectacularly) against the NFL claiming that LA was still his territory AFTER he moved back to Oakland? The guy has lost it decades ago and none of you Davis apologists can see that.

  91. You could argue that the Raiders filing a grievance against JaMarcus could be an example of a guy who did everything but “outplay his contract” being asked to give it back. Don’t see it happening but I would like to see more teams take this approach.

  92. The burden is on the teams to know what they are getting out of their player. Whats next a team trying to get money back from a player who was injured? Or a team asking for money from the signing bonus after a player retires? Russell isn’t good and is in line with Ryan Leaf as biggest QB bust, but he deserves to keep 100% of the money he was guaranteed. And it sure sounds like the money in question was guaranteed, even if the Raiders assumed he would be playing in ’11 ’12 they don’t appear to have said that in writing.

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