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Rumors arise of a JaMarcus Russell comeback

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Brett Favre isn’t coming back.  Jeff Garcia isn’t coming back.  Kenny Stabler isn’t coming back.

But JaMarcus Russell could be.

According to the Lake Charles (La.) American Press, “[r]umors are swirling” that the first pick in the 2007 draft could be joining the Louisiana Swashbucklers of the Professional Indoor Football League.

(And now you’ve actually heard of the Louisiana Swashbucklers of the Professional Indoor Football League.)

Per the report, Swashbucklers media relations director Duane Bergeron said the organization “would not confirm or deny contact with Russell or his agent.”  Likewise, team G.M. and president Chris Meaux said in a statement released to the American Press, “We are not prepared, at this time, to comment on any player-contract negotiations.”

Though it seems like he’s been gone for a long, long time, Russell last played for the Raiders on January 3, 2010.  He has 4,083 passing yards and 25 career starts.

If the 26-year-old Russell returns to football in any capacity, it’s surely a sign that he’d like to return to the NFL.  And it could be a sign that he finally has realized that, in order to get the most out of his God-given abilities, he needs to at least try.

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  1. edmazeing1 says: Dec 2, 2011 7:20 AM

    Good for JR, and hey jamarcus thanks for the NFL gloves you throw to me at the steelers game too years ago,i still have em dude!!!

  2. countyk66ers says: Dec 2, 2011 7:22 AM

    He does have potential.

  3. freebird2011 says: Dec 2, 2011 7:24 AM

    Is he coming back as an OT? Last time he was in the NFL, rumors out of Oakland were that he was tipping the scales around 3 bills.

  4. mulxedge says: Dec 2, 2011 7:24 AM

    this guy can throw 50 yards from from his knees – when he’s playing in a league where the field is only 50 yards long do you think they’ll make him play on his knees?

  5. billinva says: Dec 2, 2011 7:26 AM

    Make hime dress up like a pirate.

  6. bangitfootball says: Dec 2, 2011 7:29 AM

    Hell still be overpaid lol

  7. tatatoothy says: Dec 2, 2011 7:29 AM

    Kurt Warner part 2

  8. rdrs68 says: Dec 2, 2011 7:30 AM

    But has he cured his “cough”? After all a QB can’t be coughing in the huddle it would disrupt his ability to call plays.

  9. londonfletcher says: Dec 2, 2011 7:32 AM

    I’m assuming he’s going to be selling beer in the stands?

  10. flyermb says: Dec 2, 2011 7:33 AM

    I guessing he is out of money and out of pills.

  11. packerman1968 says: Dec 2, 2011 7:33 AM

    Rumor has it, his contract calls for 3 boxes of Twinkies and a case of cough syrup for each game played.

  12. wtf2812 says: Dec 2, 2011 7:36 AM

    Eh.

  13. sf987 says: Dec 2, 2011 7:37 AM

    Before the easy weight and purple drank jokes pile on I’d like to say I’m glad he’s getting another chance. The thing people forget is how young he was, how many people get labeled as complete failures when they’re only 24? Let’s hope he’s matured, schadenfreude is fun but it would be a great story if he realized at least some of his potential

  14. auraallan says: Dec 2, 2011 7:40 AM

    What? Who?

  15. crippled4life says: Dec 2, 2011 7:46 AM

    Loser.

  16. tebowspeech says: Dec 2, 2011 7:47 AM

    What’s his signing bonus? A 100 Whoppers?

    HEY-O!

  17. waltdawg says: Dec 2, 2011 7:48 AM

    Well it is Flu Season…Where would we all be without our cough syrup?

  18. timtheenchanter1 says: Dec 2, 2011 7:52 AM

    If the 26-year-old Russell returns to football in any capacity, it’s surely a sign that he’d like to return to the NFL. And it could be a sign that he finally has realized that, in order to get the most out of his God-given abilities, he needs to at least try.
    ————————

    Or it could be a sign that he’s already blown his $39 million and is just looking for any sort of payday.

  19. wewantmoretebowandfavrearticles says: Dec 2, 2011 7:52 AM

    Well if Gaither doesn’t work out, the Chargers could really use a left tackle.

  20. terrellpryorstattooartist says: Dec 2, 2011 7:52 AM

    Haha

  21. i3addog says: Dec 2, 2011 7:54 AM

    Is he broke already ?

  22. arsement says: Dec 2, 2011 7:54 AM

    This team is in my city. I don’t want to see this turd come back in any capacity.

  23. 5chan says: Dec 2, 2011 7:55 AM

    His name is actually Chris Mo but since he’s in Louisiana he spells it Chris Meaux

  24. rmm9090 says: Dec 2, 2011 7:56 AM

    Hey, he’s got to get his “purple drank” on somehow.

  25. 00reo says: Dec 2, 2011 7:57 AM

    What’s he playing? DT?

  26. gmen1987 says: Dec 2, 2011 8:02 AM

    Russell is still young and there will be some team willing to give him another chance. Look at how many chances Ryan Leaf had.

  27. ingraven says: Dec 2, 2011 8:03 AM

    Oh nooooooooooo!!!

  28. my84cj7 says: Dec 2, 2011 8:04 AM

    He is a Eagles’ kind of player.

  29. upyoursnfu says: Dec 2, 2011 8:04 AM

    The only place he is coming back to is the all you can eat buffet

  30. jmat40 says: Dec 2, 2011 8:08 AM

    Don’t you have to arrive to begin with in order to have a comeback?

  31. steelerdynasty2010 says: Dec 2, 2011 8:11 AM

    coming back to the buffet line

  32. broncobeta says: Dec 2, 2011 8:15 AM

    WAHOOOO GO SWASHBUCKLERS!!!!!!!!!!!

  33. jimmysee says: Dec 2, 2011 8:21 AM

    Meanwhile, his #2 from LSU, Matt Flynn, is #2 to Aaron Rodgers at Green Bay, playing out his rookie contract, and will hit the free agent market after this season (with at least one Super Bowl ring on his finger).

  34. biggerballz says: Dec 2, 2011 8:22 AM

    You forgot the rest of the headline:

    To the buffet line.

  35. tdk24 says: Dec 2, 2011 8:22 AM

    Maybe he’s just looking to screw over another pro team.

  36. reasonsimadrunk says: Dec 2, 2011 8:24 AM

    FYI – Jeff Garcia tried out for the Texans last week. He got beat out (snicker) by Jake Delhomme. So the “Jeff Garcia isn’t coming back” bit is a little inaccurate…

  37. go9ers says: Dec 2, 2011 8:25 AM

    And now I’ve actually heard of the Professional Indoor Football League.

  38. twitter:Chapman_Jamie says: Dec 2, 2011 8:26 AM

    edmazeing1 says: Dec 2, 2011 7:20 AM

    Good for JR, and hey jamarcus thanks for the NFL gloves you throw to me at the steelers game too years ago,i still have em dude!!!
    ——————————————————

    Yeah he usually just throws those things out.

  39. brewcrewfan54 says: Dec 2, 2011 8:27 AM

    I would have made the same purple drank and fat jokes until I read the article about him in Sports Illustrated last month. He no doubt blew a big chance but he isn’t the terrible lazy failure everyone wants him to be. Give it a read.

  40. cshearing says: Dec 2, 2011 8:28 AM

    Everyone deserves a second chance. I for one will be hoping he has figured things out.

  41. sterilizecromartie says: Dec 2, 2011 8:36 AM

    @edmazing1

    Going price for a used pair of Jamarcus Russells’ gloves on eBay = -$47

  42. roadwash says: Dec 2, 2011 8:38 AM

    He has an agent?…why?….to help market his syzrup!….Jmarc’s Purple Rain!….oh, I got it now, what a genius.

  43. autumnwind999 says: Dec 2, 2011 8:45 AM

    Always love a good comeback story.

    Guy’s still young. If he ever grew up and dedicated himself to being a professional he could’ve been a legend. Maybe there’s still time.

  44. vegaskid21 says: Dec 2, 2011 8:48 AM

    If he can play some DL – the bucs will take him.

  45. pigskinswag says: Dec 2, 2011 8:54 AM

    I don’t know whats more shocking: The fact that someone actually wants JaMarcus Russell to play quarterback for them or the fact that I live in Louisiana and have never heard of the Louisiana Swashbucklers

  46. pjcostello says: Dec 2, 2011 8:57 AM

    I thought I saw JaMarcus playing QB for the Eagles last night.

  47. randomguy9999 says: Dec 2, 2011 9:00 AM

    that team better stock up on twinkies and sizzup

  48. bunjy96 says: Dec 2, 2011 9:08 AM

    vegaskid21 says: Dec 2, 2011 8:48 AM

    If he can play some DL – the bucs will take him.

    **
    Along side fat Albert, they would be sure to stop the run down the middle. But don’t plan on the LB helping any.

  49. dcfan4life says: Dec 2, 2011 9:10 AM

    the most important question that was not asked in this segment, how much does he weigh???

  50. joetoronto says: Dec 2, 2011 9:11 AM

    timtheenchanter1 says:
    Dec 2, 2011 7:52 AM
    If the 26-year-old Russell returns to football in any capacity, it’s surely a sign that he’d like to return to the NFL. And it could be a sign that he finally has realized that, in order to get the most out of his God-given abilities, he needs to at least try.
    ————————

    Or it could be a sign that he’s already blown his $39 million and is just looking for any sort of payday.
    ***************************************************
    Bingo.

  51. rufustfireflyjr says: Dec 2, 2011 9:12 AM

    If he actually signs with the Louisiana Whatevers, it would finally be an indication that he is willing to do what he needs to do to return to the NFL — that is, prove to NFL decision-makers that he wants to play in the NFL badly enough to go to a lesser league to demonstrate that, if he gets another chance, it won’t be the disaster that it was the first time. If that is what he truly wants, I hope he succeeds. If a rumor is all this truly is, or if he plays minor league football just to pay the bills, that will become evident soon enough. The effort that he puts into his preparation and his play will indicate whether it’s just for the money or if he has rediscovered a love for the game.

  52. raylewis52 says: Dec 2, 2011 9:13 AM

    Jesus will make a comeback before Jamarcus’s lazy — will.

  53. Patskrieg dot com says: Dec 2, 2011 9:18 AM

    Goes without saying but if you haven’t already, drop all your Swashbuckler receivers from your indoor fantasy football team.

  54. jackblackshairyback says: Dec 2, 2011 9:21 AM

    There’s quite a difference from the PIFL(who the hell thought up that name?) and the NFL.

  55. autumnwind999 says: Dec 2, 2011 9:23 AM

    He’s still a better QB than Tebow.

  56. romoscollarbone says: Dec 2, 2011 9:39 AM

    If Vick can do what he did and get another chance. There’s really no room to worry about Jamarcus. Best of luck to him.

  57. RomosRibs says: Dec 2, 2011 9:45 AM

    You cant change the spots on a leopard. He’s one of the biggest busts ever..how would you like to have that moniker? LOSER. Yeah, JaMarcus…you’ll be so cool wit cha boyeeeez until your money is BLOWN.

    Ariz + 4 1/2 at home is EASY MONEY ! 4 1/2 pt favz at home on a line tghat started at 7? Vegas screwed this one up !

    Christmas money guys !

  58. davebroncos15 says: Dec 2, 2011 9:48 AM

    Are they going to pay him in sizzurp?

  59. Andre's Johnson says: Dec 2, 2011 9:49 AM

    I think you meant to say: “Rumors arise of a JaMarcus Russell lunch.”

  60. whynotusecommonsense says: Dec 2, 2011 9:55 AM

    I say good for him. Hopefully he’s figured things out and knows he needs to work hard to succeed.

    That SI article was a good read. At least the kid has done some good things with the $39 mil he stole from the Raiders.

  61. m3gapl3x says: Dec 2, 2011 10:00 AM

    Bring out the hot dogs and big Macs. He’s gonna need em.

  62. turdfurgerson68 says: Dec 2, 2011 10:01 AM

    Guess his second career as a parking lot bartender wasn’t going so well…PURPLE DRANK!!!

  63. kjs7way says: Dec 2, 2011 10:02 AM

    The lottery is really for the Purple Pushers in the city he lands. Business is about to pick up!!!!

  64. raider23mike says: Dec 2, 2011 10:03 AM

    Add another QB to the Dream Team. First time ever 3 QBs on the same team are all 1st rd picks or top 5 picks. Vick/Young/Russell can all go party after the win/lose games either strip club(VY) or clubbing in style

  65. quittsburghstoolers says: Dec 2, 2011 10:04 AM

    The only way he will be back (and successful) in
    the NFL is if he falls in love with playing football.

    If he doesn’t then he won’t be back for long…

  66. rolloxd says: Dec 2, 2011 10:08 AM

    Jamarcus had so much potential, i can’t believe he blew the chance he had for a drug.

    I hope he can successfully come back and do alrght.

  67. bangitfootball says: Dec 2, 2011 10:11 AM

    Given JaMarcus Russells work ethic I think a 50 yard field is still too large for him. Is there a league that uses a 20 yard field? Less running ya know.

  68. devinmr711 says: Dec 2, 2011 10:19 AM

    He belongs in the NFL. so what he’s a bust but he is a damn good backup.

  69. raiderlyfe510 says: Dec 2, 2011 10:59 AM

    Jamarcus can play. There wasn’t any complaints about his play in 2008. He had an impressive first year as a starter.

    He regressed in 2009 because he had Tom Cable as a play caller, a air Coryell passing game coordinator in Tollner, a west coast offensive QB coach in Paul Hackett, no offensive coordinator, two rookie WRs, and a horrible O-Line.

    Jamarcus had pulled off so many 4th quarter comebacks only to have the defense give up the game losing TD or FG.

    Jamarcus was the lightning rod for Tom Cable’s horrible head coaching…Gradkowski was functional because he was mobile with tremendous pocket awareness. He could scramble and improvise when a Tom Cable play didnt work. Jamarcus was a pocket passer.

  70. slammincamnewton says: Dec 2, 2011 11:07 AM

    Hey remember when Cam Newton was suppose to be Jamarcus Russell 2? Yeah how’d that turn out?

  71. 4thandnone says: Dec 2, 2011 11:28 AM

    I thought profootballtalk would mean NFL topics. Are the Louisiana swashbags joining the NFL ?

  72. donz0 says: Dec 2, 2011 11:34 AM

    It takes a little bit longer for some people to grow up.

  73. cubano76 says: Dec 2, 2011 11:52 AM

    I don’t care where he starts. But the fact that he’s giving it a shot is good enough for me. My be a huge egto hit to come back to an Arena Team. Not too many people would do that. Best of luck JaMarcus.

  74. bullpuppy552 says: Dec 2, 2011 11:53 AM

    Well if Vince God Awful Young can play in the NFL then there’s room for JaMarcus.

  75. mexicomarlin says: Dec 2, 2011 11:56 AM

    I’d love to see him back in the NFL but I trust him as far as I can throw Andy Reid.

  76. Captain Chaos says: Dec 2, 2011 1:09 PM

    OOO! The guy can throw 80 yards from his knees? Awesome! Aren’t you down when your knees hit the ground? Just sayin’. I am a Raider fan and was SO glad when this guy was gone. You dont want him on your team. He is a cancer.

  77. jamarcuslives says: Dec 2, 2011 1:24 PM

    A lot of dorks and geeks will be eating crow when this thing comes full circle. Can’t wait!

  78. radrntn says: Dec 2, 2011 1:27 PM

    well good for him, and a reason to celebrate. “Cheers, let’s make a toast! does anybody have some purple drank?

  79. bigbluelou says: Dec 2, 2011 1:50 PM

    “This message brought to you by Triaminic”

  80. cornersportsnet says: Dec 2, 2011 1:50 PM

    Good luck slacker,really good luck hope you make it back to the nfl

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