Part of the ridiculousness of the old Collective Bargaining Agreement was the inflating contracts for rookies that literally stumped teams with desperate needs from applying meaningful solutions. Think about it. Investing millions upon millions into the vault of a single player takes away from other players that could be acquired via free agency, or at the very least retaining their own.
And in most cases, the money doesn't translate equally in relation to production. Former Oakland Raiders quarterback JaMarcus Russell, the former first overall draft pick during the 2007 NFL draft, signed a six-year deal worth $68 million without playing a snap in the NFL. Even though owners bemoaned increasing salaries at the time, they capitulated to the demands because of the desperate need to get that player into the system as soon as possible.
Three seasons later, in May 2010, Russell was released and was reportedly due $3 million. Per the San Francisco Chronicle:
(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 San Francisco Chronicle wrote on Tuesday that a settlement was reached, requiring the Raiders to pay $3 million to Russell, who hasn't even played an NFL snap since 2009.
This is just another example on how the CBA did well with rookie contracts.
Silver and Black Pride concludes the story.
Settling this lawsuit is a needed step in moving on from the dark days. There is no reason to continue battling on something that likely unavoidable, and enough time has been spend on it already. Withholding that money was just another thing connecting those bad times with this current franchise. Moving on is good for us all and with this settlement the franchise can finally really move on from the era of Jamarcus.