Raiders agree to pay JaMarcus Russell $3 million

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After the Raiders cut JaMarcus Russell in 2010, both parties filed grievances seeking money from the other side for failing to fully honor Russell’s six-year, $68 million contract. It appears that Russell is about to come out ahead in that dispute.

Vic Tafur of the San Francisco Chronicle reports that the Raiders have agreed to pay Russell close to $3 million in a settlement of the dispute.

Russell’s viewpoint was that the Raiders hadn’t paid all of the fully guaranteed money on his deal. The Raiders argued that not only had they paid everything they owed, but Russell should have been required to pay back more than $9 million in salary advances. The settlement suggests that the Raiders weren’t as confident in their side of the argument as Russell was in his.

After the Raiders took Russell with the first overall pick in the 2007 NFL draft, Russell held out until after the first week of the regular season before finally getting the Raiders to agree to all the guarantees he and his agent were seeking. Russell was a disaster as the Raiders’ quarterback, and that contract is still costing the Raiders, more than three years after they cut Russell.

140 responses to “Raiders agree to pay JaMarcus Russell $3 million

  1. This guy … even in his current desperation … has balls bigger than the ones he used to repeatedly throw into the dirt. He’s done nothing in his life that earned him 3 Clintons. And he wanted teams to give him a shot at making a roster?

  2. Granted it’s a contract but it’s a sad thing that a worker (athlete) can get this kind of money for being nothing more than an immature, self centered, & lazy worker getting it for no other reason than having to pay for a rookie scale that was out of whack.

    How long will 3 million last him?

  3. Must be nice to get paid for doing nothing. Any one on the streets could see this guy would not make it in the NFL. Apparently the raiders front office couldn’t.

  4. I am tired of this punk. The Raiders need to start sitting down with these bootches before drafting them (Russell, McLain). Maybe then they will realize that they are just country losers who once they sign that contract are now content and believe they have arrived. Hoefully 9 million is enough to keep him away from the NFL. We apologize NFL for making this moron entitled, even more so than he already was.

  5. Now that he has a little money, he probably won’t be so desperate for a team to sign him. His only motivation to play was money, and now he’s got some.
    Maybe in another five years when he’s blown through his 3 million, he’ll try another comeback.

  6. And the comeback takes a back-burner while JR fills his SUV with chips, krispy kreme’s and some sort of purple liquid.

    An emergency call to a storage unit to return his “hefty” clothes ASAP.

    To be continued…..

  7. Just when I started to forgive this guy and actually feel a little sorry for him he reminds me of how much of a selfish me first player he is/was. He has already been paid over 30 million for doing next to nothing and now he’s squeezing another 3 out of the franchise. What’s the matter Jamarcus, are you broke already? Good luck with your failed comeback attempt, loser!

  8. The Raiders have gone soft. Skeletor would have litigated this for years and not given up a cent.

  9. Well that should be more than enough for him to right his wrongs and live comfortably.

  10. Unbelievable that he would have the stones to file a grievance after robbing the Raiders of all those millions for doing absolutely nothing…what a gigantic scumbag.

  11. That $3 million can buy a lot of double-deep-fried Twinkies and lard smoothies. JaMarcus is a happy man.

  12. Man, I thought I was about to read that the Raiders re-signed JR for 3 Million. I’m glad that’s not the case. The Raiders probably just paid this fool to go away.

  13. Thank the football gods that this bum came along. His actions and contract were the driving force behind the rookie wage scale. For every Luck or RG3, there’s a Jamarcus Russell or a Health Shuler. To this day I’m not even sure if Russell even opened the playbook.

  14. Biggest bust ever! Number one pick, out of the league in ❤ years, bad attitude (got in trouble), and he was awful to boot. Can anyone argue against this pick?

  15. Unbelievable, doesn’t the bleeding ever end with this guy?

    When I first saw the headline, I thought the Raiders had re-signed him. Which also would be bad news.

  16. Gotta hold agent responsible in part…QB more than any position needs to be in camp. coupled with the Raiders as an organization = disaster.

  17. Wow that’s amazing. He should be required to hand wash jockstraps for the next fifty seasons, since he is still on the payroll!

  18. If they are going to pay him 3 mil. They might as well put him on the roster again for one year. He may not start but he would at least beat out Flynn and Pryor to backup Wilson.

  19. Kolb, Fitzpatrick, Palmer are bums that are getting second and third chances. Russell and Vince Young cant get a tryout. Hmmm. Kolb , Fitzpatrick, and Palmer are white, while Russell and Young are black. What could possibly account for the difference in treatment?

  20. I wish I could get 3 mil for sipping on purple drank and refusing to try to play hard after being the #1 pick.

    Must be nice.

    Go away Jamarcus.

  21. Still paying? All of those draft experts said he was a sure thing. This is sad that you get paid for being a poor employee.

  22. this is a temporary anchor to the new GM, but Reggie learned form a pretty good team building system and he will clean up the book and build a solid roster, if he is given the time.

  23. After reading the headline, I had to pick my jaw up from the floor.

    It was after I read the article I came to my senses.

    Thankfully the Raiders didn’t re-sign this bum.

  24. after hearing this, jarmarcus put down the barbell he was lifting at the moment, and grabbed a cheeseburger from steak n shake and said F coming back to the nfl, i got some purp money now!!!

  25. Amazing….I would feel a sense of shame for what I already cost this proud franchise, let alone feel a sense of entitlement to gouge it for more………

    They should rename the the NFL to LGM

    Lawyers, Guns, & Money

  26. If the dumbass doesn’t what to be a poor dumbass, he better put it into somekind of investment.

  27. Three weeks ago if someone told you Jamarcus would make more money in the NFL this year than Aaron Hernandez…you would have to assume Jamarcus was living in Las Vegas.

  28. Unless the Raiders had a clause for Russell to not be fat and lazy pay the man. End of story.

    The Al D Raiders constantly overpaid for players and bitched about it later. Deal with the bad deals Al did and move on.

  29. Translation: It would cost more than $3 million to continue the legal battle and then await an unsure outcome.

    Russell took them for a bit of a ride, as he probably would have any franchise. Raidernation is sick of the theatrics and has moved on.

  30. He just got his money again!! Expect him to give up on trying to be a good QB (comeback) and lay back for 2yrs.

    Then try for another comeback in 2015 once he’s broke again!!!

  31. When I read the headline I thought I’d missed some earlier news and the Raiders had just signed Russell for $3 million. That would have been amazing.

  32. Al gets a mulligan for the last 10 years with team because of how great he was the first 40

  33. Russell got what he wanted. He did not want back in the league, but merely a payday. Syrup anyone?

  34. Lol
    Screw being a backup bust of a qb in the nfl. I’m gonna gonna fat again and drink Lean. I’m rich again, bitches.

    Biggest unemployment check Ever!

  35. Bout time somebody got an owner to pony up on some money after a contract was prematurely ended. Too bad it had to be such a waste of talent that it creates sympathy for the team.

  36. I’d like to Hire JaMarcus Russell’s lawyers as I feel that I am entitled compensatory damages for having to still read articles about JaMarcus Russell.

  37. Once Jamarcus actually has this money, what are the odds that he stays in shape and wins a roster spot? What are the odds that it is gone by Christmas? History would suggest that both Jamarcus and his money will soon disappear.

  38. His lawyers gets a big payday…..hopefully there’s some left over.
    Otherwise he needs to be signed by someone.
    Come on now.

  39. He must have racked up a helluva dinner bill in Chicago to go fighting for more money like that.

    He must have gone on a tour of all the pretentious joints downtown that all claim they invented the deep dish pizza

  40. 3 Million dollars.. for being horrible.

    “It’s impossible for words to describe what is necessary to those who do not know what horror means.”

    “Horror has a face… and you must make a friend of horror.”

    “The horror… the horror… “

  41. Dear JaMarcus


    For the love of everything holy, SAVE THE MONEY!

    Pay your taxes, buy an moderate home and invest in SAFE, low risk investments.

    Don’t end up on 30 for 30’s Broke 2, the story of JaMarcus Russell.

    Mike Tyson, Warren Sapp, Bernie Kosar, and the long list of broke high paid athletes.

  42. People get sensitive to the truth, but It’s okay to admit that Black QBS are not successful in the NFL. They are a novelty act like RG3, Yeah he will do some crazy stuff to score a TD here and there but YOU ARE NOT WINNING A SUPERBOWL WITH A BLACK QB. Every NFL team knows this, they won’t admit it of course but it’s true. Latest example Geno Smith look how far he went down on the draft board

  43. How crazy is the NFL …. Murders and busts getting paid millions of dollars while players like Wilson and Kaepernick don’t even make a million.

  44. If you wanna dance you gotta pay the band. If you want a QB you gotta pay the man its as simple as that. dont sign contracts that you dont wanna pay.

  45. Flavr Flav is releasing a new album titled “From the QB formally Known as JR….. Purple Drank ” Puuurple Drank, Made me stank, I got to big in my tank. …..Now I needs mo money foool”.

  46. Damn, he’s STILL getting paid for doing absolutely nothing. Its almost like he’s working the welfare system, like millions of others have been doing for years.

  47. So, who actually played more in the NFL, Russell or Timmy Tebow? Either way – it’s just disgusting!

  48. You gotta love America. Bust your a** to make living from paycheck to paycheck, and you get this guy given 3 mil. Anyone who started feeling sorry for this guy…..shame on you.

  49. briang123 says: Jul 2, 2013 9:43 PM

    Kolb, Fitzpatrick, Palmer are bums that are getting second and third chances. Russell and Vince Young cant get a tryout. Hmmm. Kolb , Fitzpatrick, and Palmer are white, while Russell and Young are black. What could possibly account for the difference in treatment?
    The level of ignorance you display with this post is beyond comprehension. Your blatant uneducated view towards race aside, the reason Vince Young and Jamarcus Russell can’t get a tryout has NOTHING to do with the color of their skin, but rather is due to their work ethic (or lack thereof), collective sense of entitlement, immaturity, and inability to put the in the necessary work to become masters of their chosen craft.

    Kolb, Fitz and Palmer at least put in the work and aren’t cancers in the locker room, so teams are more apt to give them an opportunity over a guy who, after being drafted first overall, held out into the regular season because it was all ME ME ME

  50. Whats still so frustrating to me is that Russell did show a lot of potential early on. He wasnt a ‘Dan McGuire’ QB who showed nothing. Hear me out…

    Granted his rookie year he started 1 game against the Chargers in the season finale, did well (27a, 21c if i remember right).

    Then 2008 he started, as a 23 year old QB on a very weak team he threw 13 td’s and 7 ints. He had some good moments, 18a, 15c against Miami in a close loss. Led the Raiders on a late drive to set up a FG to beat the Jets.

    He basically showed a lot of potential, those are very good numbers for a young QB on a poor team. But then the death of his mentor (His uncle) started a huge downward spiral. His uncles funeral was April 2009, then after that he went down and down. The infamous codeine syrup, looking completely out of shape that year, looking terrible when he started the season and the rest is history.

    Whats SO frustrating is that he showed he had a lot of talent early on. As a Raiders fan i’ve seen QB’s come and go, on a poor team Russell was looking good early on. Its frustrating when you read reports of Russell in a bad situation at Oakland, it wasnt the Raiders fault. They brought him along slowly, didnt throw him in the deep end and it was working.

    That is until his uncle died and it all went downhill.

    I actually wish Russell the best for his comeback, if hes focused hes well worth a shot signing the vets minimum with no bonus and to see what he can do in preseason.

    Russell wasnt a ‘Ryan Leaf’ as he actually showed something in the pro’s early on.

  51. He basically won the lottery by being born and showing up for a small amount of time.

  52. well he is on his way to vegas now with that money. he is going to get some strrippers, and hang out at the buffet where he will put back on those 30lbs he lost… He will be broke again by Monday.

  53. conspiracygenerator says:
    Jul 3, 2013 9:37 AM
    briang123 says: Jul 2, 2013 9:43 PM

    Kolb, Fitzpatrick, Palmer are bums that are getting second and third chances. Russell and Vince Young cant get a tryout. Hmmm. Kolb , Fitzpatrick, and Palmer are white, while Russell and Young are black. What could possibly account for the difference in treatment?
    – – – – – – – – – – – – –
    Harvard -LSU –yep no difference from what i can tell either………bottom line you can take a kid out of the ghetto, but you cant take the ghetto out of the kid.

  54. Well, I’m still waiting for joetoronto to explain to us how this all some how relates to the Bengals.

    I was really hoping that the Raiders would announce the agreement at a press conference complete with an overhead projector and some sort of pronouncement about Russell being a “great player”, you know, just for old times sake.

  55. He and Vince Young could pool what remains of their NFL earnings…probably 60-70 million or more…and couldn’t buy a Starbucks Grande Latte. They will be busted for selling crack soon, like so many ballplayers who go broke do…they can’t even find a job at McDonalds, have already hocked the millions in Bling they splurged on, defaulted on their mansion that they can now not even afford to pay the electric bill on…..just another rage to riches to rags story that is repeated year after year in our society.

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