After the Oakland Raiders decided to part ways with draft bust quarterback JaMarcus Russell and his six-year, $68 million contract, both parties filed grievances against each other over that money.
Russell actually looks to have come out of top in this one as he settled matters with his old team, who'll fork over $3 million to former QB, according to Vic Tarfur of the San Francisco Chronicle.
The Raiders failed to pay all of the guaranteed money in the deal, Russell argued, while the team countered that it was actually Russell who owed them money, $9 million in salary advances.
Tarfur writes: ' The Raiders’ grievance was based on their contention that the contract was changed at one point during Russell’s time with the organization. But the two sides were set to go to court recently, when a source close to the situation said the Raiders and Russell decided to settle. The Raiders declined comment. Russell’s new agent, Eugene Parker, was unavailable for comment.
Russell’s previous agent, Eric Metz, told Yahoo Sports in 2010 that “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.” '