JaMarcus Russell’s comeback attempt has been well documented. He’s down at least 50 pounds after ballooning to 300+.
While it’s uncertain as to whether or not he’ll ever be on an NFL field again, one thing’s for sure: the Raiders still owe him money, according to the San Francisco Chronicle . Yes, this is 2013, but it is stemming over a settlement involving his rookie contract.
(Russell) had been paid $36.4 million and was still owed $3 million at the time of his release. 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.
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.”