Raiders Ask Russell for $9.55 Million Back

By Sajid Farooq
|  Friday, May 28, 2010  |  Updated 6:17 AM PDT
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The Raiders aren't giving JaMarcus Russell any more handouts.

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The Oakland Raiders might be loving life post JaMarcus Russell but that is not keeping the team from getting on with their lives.

The historically lawsuit happy football team has reportedly filed a grievance against the former No. 1 pick seeking a return of $9.55 million. That's an awful lot of mink coats.

Al Davis' team believes the contract was changed at one point during Russell's and the team paid the quarterback salary advances for the 2010 through 2012 seasons. The team is trying to recover a portion of that salary.

Russell was given a six-year $68 million contract with $32 million guaranteed when the team took him with high hopes in the 2007 NFL draft. The former LSU star struggled with weight issues during his three seasons with the team and many questioned his work ethic behind the scenes.

The Raiders finally cut ties with Russell on May 7 and the quarterback has failed to latch onto another team since his release, despite what Chad Ochocinco tweets.

Russell will be represented by the NFL Players Association during the grievance hearings.
 

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