Dean Michaels

The Oakland Raiders have paid former quarterback JaMarcus Russell almost $3 million to settle a dispute over his rookie deal.

The Raiders selected Russell No. 1 overall in the 2007 draft and signed him to a six-year, $68 million contract.

The team shelled out $36.4 million to Russell before he was released after three disappointing years. The Raiders still owed Russell $3M when he was let go.

The Raiders filed a grievance against Russell seeking to recoup $9.55 million in salary advances. The quarterback countered with a grievance of his own, saying he was still owed $9 million.

Russell, who hasn't played since 2009, won just seven of 25 starts during his career at Oakland. He completed 52.1 percent of his passes for 18 touchdowns, 23 interceptions and a passer rating of 65.2.

In a bid to resurrect his NFL career, Russell recently had a tryout with the Chicago Bears last month where he showed significant improvement in his conditioning level.

However, he was inconsistent throwing the football during the workout and remains unsigned.

Coach Mike Shanahan, who attended Kettani's recent Navy promotion ceremony, said the fullback's chances of making the team's 53-man roster are "good."

Oakland Raiders Settle with ex-QB JaMarcus Russell for $3M - NFL 2013