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JaMarcus Russell will not be indicted

Well, JaMarcus Russell finally got some good news.

A Mobile, Alabama Grand Jury decided there was not enough evidence to indict the former No. 1 overall pick following his arrest in July 5th for possession of codeine syrup without a valid prescription, according to WKRG in Mobile.

It’s hard to imagine this will speed up his return to the NFL, but we wouldn’t count anything out.  If Adam “Pacman” Jones can get three chances in the NFL (and made good on his third), then Russell is bound to wind up in some team’s training camp in the next few years.

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  1. Richm2257 says: Oct 29, 2010 3:15 PM

    The problem here is that he … sucks. While Pacman and Vick make strong arguments for new chances, Russell never showed even a flash of skill before.
    And having dodged a bullet, is Russell going to be smart and see the light, or is he going to take this as a sign that he wasn’t doing anything illegal, so full speed ahead.

  2. myopinionisrighterthanyours says: Oct 29, 2010 3:19 PM

    If Adam “Pacman” Jones can get three chances in the NFL (and make good on his third), then Russell is bound to wind up in some team’s training camp in the next few years.
    Huge difference here, Pacman has always given effort on the field. JaCarcus is just a lazy fatty so that will be held against him.

  3. Whodey08 says: Oct 29, 2010 3:40 PM

    Oh no this can mean only one thing. Mikey The Redeemer Brown will see another lost soul for his Boys Town of rejects.
    Anyone who saw J Russells recent interview on NFL Network saw someone who does not get it.
    Which also describes Mikey Brown.

  4. JSpicoli says: Oct 29, 2010 3:51 PM

    @ Richm2257
    Not to defend JRuss, he sucked pretty bad, but he did show “even a flash of skill before”, more than a few times. Quit piling on where you obviously have no knowledge. Doing your research on NFL Live does not count as learning.
    He had a few moments, and some last minute drives where you thought that maybe he could turn the corner. If he shows up in shape somewhere next summer, he gets a chance EASY. Why not? Nothing to lose for whatever team decides to take a chance.

  5. JibbyJabs says: Oct 29, 2010 3:53 PM

    As long as the bengals exist, there will always be a place for the turds of the NFL.

  6. Wet Paper Bag says: Oct 29, 2010 3:54 PM

    Pacman HAS talent and HAS proven it. What has JaFatass proved?

  7. Bayou Bengal says: Oct 29, 2010 3:56 PM

    I don’t think Russell is a bad QB necessarily and here is why. Most rookies fail when starting in the NFL until recently for some reason, however, Russell is a player that should have been put behind a seasoned veteran QB to gain experience from. Lets also not forget he was started behind one of the worst offensive lines in the league, he simply had zero protection and just wasn’t able to ever build the confidence he needed to grow as a NFL QB. With that and the media, it wreaked havoc on his psyche as it would with anyone. Personally I’d like to see Russell go to a team as a 2nd or 3rd string QB that can grow. I mean, look at Steve Young’s career, he sucked really bad until he got behind Montana then he thrived.

  8. funi says: Oct 29, 2010 3:57 PM

    WOW. He has a controlled susbatance and nothign happens….Typicla southern politics…

  9. KD says: Oct 29, 2010 4:15 PM

    Purple Drank.

  10. j-wil says: Oct 29, 2010 4:18 PM

    Thank God, I’ve been waiting on this news!!! whatever………………file this under who gives a shit

  11. Gautam says: Oct 29, 2010 4:21 PM

    both Vick & Jones had shown glimpses of their talent on the field even if they had off-field problems… this fatass was the anti-professional

  12. Kiss Bills Rings says: Oct 29, 2010 4:23 PM

    Pats will pick him up for nothing, have him train under Brady for the next 5 years then become a star in the NFL….ok I can’t keep a staight face writing this but what a story that would make!!!

  13. Jon Evans says: Oct 29, 2010 4:26 PM

    Hey imagine that. I was 100% right about everything once again.
    Oh yes, I’m still around. Go back to this thread from the summer to see how right I was. Cheers.

  14. Floriostoupee says: Oct 29, 2010 4:26 PM

    # JSpicoli says: October 29, 2010 3:51 PM
    He had a few moments, and some last minute drives where you thought that maybe he could turn the corner. If he shows up in shape somewhere next summer, he gets a chance EASY. Why not? Nothing to lose for whatever team decides to take a chance.
    __________________________________
    He had very few moments, hell, a HS quarterback could do as well as he did! He would be better off playing for the minor league for a couple years, learn once again how to be a qb then try to make it back to the NFL!

  15. BleedPurpler says: Oct 29, 2010 4:31 PM

    I can see it now, wily Chilly will go after Russell after Favre truly leaves the game. Chilly, being the quarterback guru (in his world) that he is, will finally realize that his current heir apparent (translated as failed experiment), will not be offered a new contract in 2011, no matter how much Chilly begs on both knees. That is of course if wily Chilly is not fired for cause soon……… (aka failing to live up to contractual obligations like winning games and making reasonable coaching decisions).

  16. raidertg says: Oct 29, 2010 4:45 PM

    JSpicoli –
    Don’t get me wrong. I totally agree with you about Russel. But how does the same guy that is always bashing Campbell come out and support Russell, I’m just say.

  17. Tim Tebow's Prayers says: Oct 29, 2010 4:47 PM

    Sweet. Now he can move on to what he is best at, sucking at life.

  18. TFormation says: Oct 29, 2010 4:48 PM

    If he keeps his weight down, stays in shape, and learns how to at least PRETEND to be humble when the media is around, some NFL team will pick him up for training camp in 2011… especially at the rate QBs are being injured in 2010.

  19. AtviRaider says: Oct 29, 2010 4:50 PM

    @bayou Bengal
    please explain how you can expect the #1 overall pick to go to a team who has a veteran QB he could sit behind and a good o-line to protect him? And comparing him to Steve Young?? This is not even about how he performed on the field, it’s about being fat, lazy, disoriented and disinterested. Hate to break it to you LSU fans down on the “bayou”, but he can’t go back and play for an NCAA team. As the name of the website suggests, we’re talking about his ability to play _pro_ QB. You should go back to shucking your crawdads there bengal.

  20. Mike_in_Texas says: Oct 29, 2010 4:54 PM

    Expect him to get picked up by the Cowboys now..

  21. PackerChris says: Oct 29, 2010 4:59 PM

    Just because the state of Alabama decided not to indict doesn’t mean that the long arm of the NFL won’t come down on him! Johnny Jolly of the Packers was placed on probation earlier this year in Houston for having codeine syrup; he didn’t spend a night in jail but was suspended by Roger & Crew for the entire 2010 season.
    I know the cases are different, but let’s hope the NFL comes down just as hard on Russell so that we are all spared seeing more pathetic play from this big oaf until at least 2012…

  22. Ray Guy says: Oct 29, 2010 5:04 PM

    “Bayou Bengal says: October 29, 2010 3:56 PM
    Lets also not forget he was started behind one of the worst offensive lines in the league, he simply had zero protection and just wasn’t able to ever build the confidence he needed to grow as a NFL QB.”
    ____________________________________
    He also had ZERO pocket awareness, color blindness (always threw to the wrong colored jersey), and “lethargy addiction”, also known as fat laziness.
    It’s interesting how a journeyman like Gradkowski played with the exact same line and players and actually performed well. Simply amazing…
    Ja Fatone should have been indicted for stealing.

  23. BroncoBourque says: Oct 29, 2010 5:09 PM

    @JSpicoli
    Yes Russell has some talent, the problem is that he has not work ethic and not much more intelligence. If he were at a position other than QB, this might not be as big a problem but at QB you have to be willing to put in the time and you have to have some intelligence.
    You mentioned, if he can get into shape, when has this ever been said about a QB before? Never and Russell has never shown that he has the will or ability to get into proper shape and properly prepare for a football season. If a miracle happens and this changes, maybe he gets a real chance but with Russell I just don’t see him doing the things he needs to do to make it happen.

  24. DaBeast says: Oct 29, 2010 5:18 PM

    I say the Dallas Cowboys have nothing to lose by signing him right now. If it works out, they have an absolute steal. If it doesn’t, they lose nothing. Tony Romo is done for the year. He may not be their long term answer either. They can draft a QB in 2011. Have JR understudy with Kitna this year. Sit in reserve behind Romo in 2011 while competing with him. And compete with a newbie in 2012. Or he could surprise everyone and beat Romo out handily in 2011. As an earlier writer suggested. The guy was pretty good at LSU and in a few games with Oakland. He showed flashes. But he was lazy and complacent! Everybody grows up sooner or later. Being on a loaded and underachieving team like Dallas could be his Huckleberry. And JJones’ too.

  25. 420fan says: Oct 29, 2010 5:24 PM

    # Bayou Bengal says: October 29, 2010 3:56 PM
    I don’t think Russell is a bad QB necessarily and here is why. Most rookies fail when starting in the NFL until recently for some reason, however, Russell is a player that should have been put behind a seasoned veteran QB to gain experience from. Lets also not forget he was started behind one of the worst offensive lines in the league, he simply had zero protection and just wasn’t able to ever build the confidence he needed to grow as a NFL QB. With that and the media, it wreaked havoc on his psyche as it would with anyone. Personally I’d like to see Russell go to a team as a 2nd or 3rd string QB that can grow. I mean, look at Steve Young’s career, he sucked really bad until he got behind Montana then he thrived.
    And I thought I smoked some good Sh!t.
    JaBustus will NEVER play again in the NFL. He doesn’t get why he needs to improve, will not take responsibility for any of his actions, and is just plain lazy now. He has some raw talent, but that alone doesn’t cut it in the nfl.

  26. Profundity says: Oct 29, 2010 5:35 PM

    @Bayou Bengal:
    Are you serious? Did you ever watch him? I certainly did, every week for years as I am a lifelong Raider fan.
    Underthrowing, overthrowing, missing handoffs, fumbling snaps and the most crisp throws he threw were to the DB’s.
    The guy flat out sucked and was known for his I don’t care attitude and the rumors of the codeine abuse were there from week 1 after he finally signed. Three years of sipping syrp and not earning a dime of the 60 million dollar deal you signed.
    Russell sucked and I find it hard to believe you could ever compare him to Steve Young who never quit and always busted his ass. Gradkowski is more like Young than Russell will ever be. The situations are different as Oakland improved the team attitude by getting rid of Russell.
    All the talent in the world does not mean it was the teams fault for his failures as a man and a QB.

  27. BasicInstinct says: Oct 29, 2010 5:36 PM

    Just like Vick, the drugs took precedence over everything. At least he doesn’t have to do time for an addiction. And thankfully he didn’t kill anybody or any animals.
    Didn’t he win a few games last year with the Raiders?
    With a good team, couldn’t he do better?

  28. vtboarder says: Oct 29, 2010 5:44 PM

    He sent me a picture of his junk. I’d give him a second look!

  29. HomoforRomo says: Oct 29, 2010 5:45 PM

    Someone needs to give him a second chance, if for nothing other reason so we can see if he really sucks that bad, or if playing in Oakland just made him look that way.

  30. DaBeast says: Oct 29, 2010 6:15 PM

    @BroncoBorque:
    “Yes Russell has some talent, the problem is that he has not work ethic and not much more intelligence. ”
    How do you know how intelligent J. Russell is? Poor work ehtic, yes. Low Intelligence?! Give me a break! People who ape claims like this don’t have a clue about intelligence. And especially how it relates to football. Some of the greatest NFL QB’s ever, were purportedly not very bright. And some of the worst ones were alleged to be brilliant! Some alleged “low wattage ones”, such as Terry Bradshaw, Johnny Unitas, and Dan Marino were scoffed at because of their “low” IQ’s. But you know what they had? A CHAMPION’S HEART AND FIERCE WILL TO WIN & BECOME GREAT! They did whatever it took to win. And that is all JR has to do. He obviously had the “it” factor while at LSU. And “it” was good enough to make him the first player drafted. But like a lot of poor, unprepared kids like him, too much money, unrealistic expectation and responsibility was poured on him before he was mature enough to handle it. Every QB matures at a different pace. Look how long it took Steve Young to get it. He was horrible during his first NFL years at Tampa Bay. It took understudying Joe Montana, with Bill Walsh as coach for him to come around and become great. JR may never be mature enough to handle life in the NFL. But it will have absolutely nothing to do with his “lack of intelligence”. It will have everything to do with his will or lack thereof to “pay the Price to get the Rice”. As in Rice Parade at the end of a championship run. Not Jerry Rice!

  31. zleep says: Oct 29, 2010 6:20 PM

    Great news. Let’s celebrate. Pass me the purple, pleez. Itll go great with my bucket of sour grapes.
    And let’s be forgiving. Ankles do do sprain, clavicles break. Really, give Jamarcus a new brain, and he might be a good QB.

  32. rowdy53 says: Oct 29, 2010 6:22 PM

    Kid will never make it back…too much money and no desire…hopefully he can make a name for himself through charity.

  33. wheresrickysanders says: Oct 29, 2010 6:35 PM

    mmmm purple drank

  34. joetoronto says: Oct 29, 2010 7:20 PM

    DaBeast: The mofo doesn’t even know what he did wrong.
    How bright could he possibly be?

  35. Buck Stallion says: Oct 29, 2010 8:17 PM

    People on this site called me an idiot when I said I’d never heard of an arrest like this….a “sting” operation to go into someones home to look for a prescription drug that they don’t have a prescription for. Not a dealer, but just someont using the drug in their home. Of course those that called me an idiot didn’t provide any examples of similar arrests.

  36. winslow says: Oct 29, 2010 9:16 PM

    Russell won the lottery and then coasted. He is a shorter – though not lighter – version of Benoit Benjamin, another first pick who effectively retired before ever playing a pro game.
    When handing out tens of millions of dollars to twenty year olds, teams should place a higher priority on determining just how much the guy hates to lose ballgames. In the case of Russell and Benjamin, the answer was “not much”.

  37. LostSok says: Oct 29, 2010 9:22 PM

    I’d bet money he will regurgitate the same BS Ben Rapistberger did: “This PROVES my innocent. It was SO hard on me! I’m SUCH a victim! Wah, wah, wah.”
    Just because he didn’t go to jail doesn’t mean he was “innocent,” but you’ll see him acting like that is exactly what it means.
    Athletes have always fallen prey to sense-of-entitlement issues, but this recent trend of faux-victim syndrome is especially pathetic.

  38. Al Davis Is God - tango is a retarded stepchild says: Oct 30, 2010 1:16 AM

    Just one question Rosie: Since JaFatass is no longer a member of the Raiders why is this non-news posted on the Raiders page?

  39. joetoronto says: Oct 30, 2010 11:01 AM

    Ya, Rosie, what’s up?

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