NFL Notes: Raiders, Russell agree to settlement

NFL Notes: Raiders, Russell agree to settlement
July 3, 2013, 9:00 am
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The Raiders and their former quarterback Jamarcus Russell have come to a settlement over his disputed contract, according to Vic Tafur of the San Francisco Chronicle (via ProFootballTalk).

Russell, whom the Raiders cut three years into his six-year, $68 million contract following the 2009 season, will receive close to $3 million in the settlement.

The Raiders had claimed they paid Russell more than $9 million in salary advances, while Russell believed he hadn't yet been compensated on all of his $31.5 million that had been guaranteed as part of his deal.

After being taken with the No. 1 overall pick in the 2007 NFL draft, Russell started in 25 games for the silver and black, compiling a 7-18 record. He completed just 52 percent of his passes while throwing for 4,083 yards, 18 touchdowns and 23 interceptions.

Colts: Lefeged released from jail
WASHINGTON -- Indianapolis Colts safety Joe Lefeged was released from jail Tuesday following his weekend arrest in Washington on a gun possession charge.

Lefeged was arrested during a traffic stop after police said they found a semi-automatic pistol in the car in which he was riding. Police say they also smelled what appeared to be marijuana and found an open bottle containing vodka and orange juice in the car's center console. Lefeged and another passenger were taken into custody after they tried to run from officers, and the driver got away, authorities have said.

D.C. Superior Court Magistrate Judge Frederick Sullivan ordered Lefeged released on personal recognizance after a brief hearing in which the third-year pro appeared in court in an orange jail uniform. The decision came against the request of prosecutors, who asked to keep him behind bars as the case moves toward a possible grand jury indictment.

Lefeged, 25, has been charged with carrying a licensed pistol outside the home, a felony.

"This is a case involving a traffic stop, indicia of drug use, flight from police, recovery of an open container," prosecutor Ben Schrader told the judge (see full story).

-The Associated Press

Cowboys: Brent's drug-test results unsurprising
DALLAS -- The Dallas County district attorney says he's not surprised that Cowboys defensive tackle Josh Brent failed two drug tests while out on bond facing an intoxication manslaughter charge.

Brent was charged after a December car crash that killed practice squad player Jerry Brown. Court records show his bond was revoked after he tested positive twice for marijuana.

District Attorney Craig Watkins told KRLD-FM last week that it's clear to him that Brent is struggling with addiction. Watkins says that Brent "still uses alcohol and illicit drugs," and he wants him jailed for the crash.

Those comments drew protests from Brent's attorney, George Milner, who on Tuesday called them inappropriate. Milner says he'll ask a judge to force Watkins to comply with ethics rules.

-The Associated Press

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