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August 24, 2007

JaMarcus Russell and the future of the NFL rookie contract

Filed under: Agencies, JaMarcus Russell, Sports, Sports Agent — Tags: , — emmettjones @ 6:07 pm

The first game of the 2007 NFL season is September 6th, which is less than two weeks away. The 1st overall pick in the draft, JaMarcus Russell is still without a contract, as the Raiders go into their third pre-season with Daunte Culpepper seemingly ready to take over as the Raiders starting QB.

Russell’s holdout, along with most holdouts in history, is based on money. The Raiders reportedly have offered Russell a $60 million dollar deal with $31 million in guaranteed money. Last year, the Texans chose Mario Williams with the 1st overall pick and he was signed to a 6 year $54 million dollar deal, with $26.5 million guaranteed. The second overall pick of this year’s draft, Calvin Johnson, also signed a 6 year deal for 64 million with $27.2 million in guaranteed money. So, the Raiders offer of $60 million ($30 million guaranteed) does not seem like its that far off base with what Russell should be making this year. Depending on who you ask, the Raiders deal is perfectly in line with the “bump up” Russell should get, based on Williams and Johnson’s contracts. The good news for Russell? his agents have had face-to-face discussions with the Raiders in the past couple days. The bad news? as I mentioned earlier, we are in the 3rd week of the pre-season, and Russell has already missed 30 practices, which will really slow his learning curve as a rookie QB.

So, what steps can the NFL take to ensure that there isn’t another JaMarcus Russell in the near future? This question was posed to Vic Carucci in his NFL Mailbag segment on NFL.com. Carucci stated that he believed that a more definitive “Slotting System” would be put in place, after the next version of the collective bargaining agreement is amended, which I would assume would set the actual maximum limits, on rookie contracts. The problem? the CBA was just amended in March of last year, and is not set to be amended again until 2012.

So, what’s the solution until then? Apparently, following the regular slotting rules (look at the picks around you, and people picked in the same spot as you in previous years) is not enough, or else Russell would already be in camp. Maybe more front loading of money by teams? Or maybe some sort of good faith showing by the player (i.e. by way of a morals clause or something like that). The bottom line is that, as a sport agent, your number one duty is to your client. So, while it is important that you maximize the money for your client, its also important to realize that money is not always the most important thing, especially when you have a rookie QB.

JaMarcus Russell is represented by Lock, Metz, & Malinovic LLC. They have contact listings here (Ethan Lock) and here

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5 Comments »

  1. […] than the previous record holder, St. Louis Rams tackle, Orlando Pace.  As mentioned previously, Russell’s holdout seems to be based on money, and apparently the talks between the two sides have come to a stand still.  Forget playing in […]

    Pingback by Russell-watch: Day 35. « Sports Agent News — August 30, 2007 @ 1:26 pm

  2. […] some clarity into the reasoning behind the hold out.  While yes, it is over money, as previously discussed, it is more specifically about the lack of a skill and injury clause in Russell’s contract.  […]

    Pingback by Russell-watch: Day 40. « Sports Agent News — September 4, 2007 @ 4:33 pm

  3. […] Russell is supposed to get around $31 to $32 million in guaranteed money, which is similar to the Raiders previous offers.  Apparently Russell’s payout structure is very advantageous to him, garnering him a higher […]

    Pingback by The Oakland Raiders finally have the 3rd or 4th string QB they’ve been looking for! « Sports Agent News — September 11, 2007 @ 2:21 am

  4. […] Russell is supposed to get around $31 to $32 million in guaranteed money, which is similar to the Raiders previous offers. Apparently Russell’s payout structure is very advantageous to him, garnering him a higher […]

    Pingback by The Oakland Raiders finally have the 3rd or 4th string QB they’ve been looking for! | Sports Business Digest — November 9, 2007 @ 1:22 pm

  5. […] more than the previous record holder, St. Louis Rams tackle, Orlando Pace. As mentioned previously, Russell’s holdout seems to be based on money, and apparently the talks between the two sides have come to a stand still. Forget playing in this […]

    Pingback by Russell-watch: Day 35. | Sports Business Digest — November 9, 2007 @ 1:31 pm


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