Raiders, Russell settle contract dispute

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The Oakland Raiders reached a settlement with former quarterback JaMarcus Russell to pay him nearly $3 million that was remaining on his contract when the team released him, the San Francisco Chronicle reported Tuesday.

The 2007 first overall pick in the NFL Draft originally signed a six-year, $68 million contract that included $32 million guaranteed. Russell was waived in 2010, but he was still owed $3 million.

The Raiders had filed a grievance for repayment of $9.55 million. Russell responded with his own $9 million grievance. The two sides decided to settle before going to court.

Russell was a major bust with the Raiders, throwing 18 touchdown passes and 23 interceptions in three seasons before he last played in January 2010. The Raiders had a 7-18 record with Russell as a starter.

Earlier this year, Russell announced that he was attempting a comeback after his weight ballooned to more than 300 pounds. He shed 50 pounds and had a tryout with the Chicago Bears in May but remains a free agent.

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