The Oakland Raiders have agreed to give former quarterback JaMarcus Russell $3million in unpaid wages, in an out-of-court settlement regarding his ongoing rookie contract dispute.

The 27-year-old free agent signed a lucrative $68million six-year contract when he became the Raiders' number one NFL Draft pick in 2007, only to see that contract waived three years later after a series of unproductive seasons.

At the time of his release, the Raiders claimed that Russell owed them $9.55million in salary advances, which prompted a grievance from the player himself, demanding payment of an additional $9million.

The two parties were set to appear in court to resolve the dispute once and for all, but Russell and the Raiders have since decided to settle, according to the San Francisco Chronicle.

The Raiders are still on the lookout for a franchise quarterback this year, while Russell is also hoping to make a comeback to the NFL. He was heavily criticised for his poor work ethic during his time in California, and also let his weight get out of control.

At 6ft 6inches, Russell - at his heaviest - weighed in at well over 300 pounds, but has reportedly shifted 50 pounds as he bids to make a return.

After training with former 49ers and Raiders quarterback Jeff Garcia at TEST Football Academy in San Diego, Russell feels he's within contention for the 2013/14 season, and even had a tryout with the Chicago Bears last month.

 

 

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