While Steve Corkran works on the nuts and bolts of the grievance process by the Raiders against quarterback JaMarcus Russell, a few quick observations:
— Now we know why Russell was invited to the mandatory minicamp. The Raiders were hoping he wouldn’t show, because they were contemplating making a move to recover money for some time.
— Turn back the clock to Russell’s contract impasse and Al Davis stating his issues with the process. Davis said the problem was “forfeiture” in the event things went south.
You wonder if Davis was having buyer’s remorse not long after making the selection.
— While I’m of the opinion the Raiders did their part to ensure Russell’s failure because of the Davis-Lane Kiffin feud and the general environment provided a risky talent, they should be applauded for trying to recover as much money as they can. Yahoo Sports reports they want $9.55 million back.
No matter how bad the situation was in Oakland, Russell’s lack of dedication to his craft was inexcusable. If the Raiders discovered a way to add a loophole to the contract during renegotiation which will allow them to recover money, good for them.
— This shouldn’t hurt the Raiders where signing players in the future is concerned. They’ve taken their lumps with poor signings in the past and paid out the money. Russell was simply an extreme case and I’m guessing his former teammates are OK with it.
— The way Russell goes through money, judging from his jewelry, jaunts to Las Vegas and generally lavish spending habits, you wonder if he’ll have $.9.55 million to return to the Raiders if he loses the grievance.
The Raiders are confirming only that the grievance exists and nothing else, releasing a statement from attorney Jeff Birren.
“We have filed a grievance against JaMarcus Russell and that’s all we’re going to say at this time,” Birren said.