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Former Oakland Raiders quarterback Jamarcus Russell is hoping to make a return to the NFL.


Despite still weighing 308 pounds, the former first round pick believes he can make a return to the league. Russell has been working out for the last six weeks in an attempt to get back in shape and return to the football field for the first time since 2009.

According to Yahoo! Sports, Russell will be training with Brian Martin of TEST Football Academy and TEST West and be mentored by former NFL and LSU wide receiver Mike Clayton.

Russell is also expected to get specific training from a handful of former NFL players, including Jeff Garcia and Marshall Faulk, hoping to help restore Russell’s football career.

Russell still has a long way to go before any team will even consider giving him a look. Even if he’s able to get back into something close to playing shape, he’ll have to convince a team to give him a workout. He’ll have to answer questions about his arrest for having codeine syrup without a prescription in 2010 and convince someone he’s worth a chance.

But you can’t blame Russell trying to revitalize his career, even if he’s unsuccessful.

“I’m not looking for a pat on the shoulder from people who haven’t been there for me,” Russell said. “It feels funny not to go through a training camp, that’s just what I’m used to. It’s going to feel good to go back out there again. I will make this happen.”

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  1. goldrush36 says: Jan 23, 2013 2:48 AM

    LOL this is a joke right?

  2. JG says: Jan 23, 2013 2:50 AM

    You can get arrested for having codeine WITH a prescription? Or is that a typo?

  3. straightrazor69 says: Jan 23, 2013 2:53 AM

    Wow. You have the Teo hoax, the Raiders super bowl sabotage, and now the Jamarcus comeback. It just keeps getting better.

  4. prideandpoise says: Jan 23, 2013 2:53 AM

    So what, all this crap about the last Raiders Super Bowl and now talk about this bum? Anyone else have any other terrible Raiders moments to hash out from the last 10 years?

  5. huskersrock1 says: Jan 23, 2013 2:53 AM

    Well I want to win the powerball Jackpot, but you can wish in one hand and crap in the other and only one will fill up. The guy must be out of money and jonesing for some sizurp.

  6. raideralex99 says: Jan 23, 2013 2:56 AM

    First give back the money you stole from Al.

  7. raiderssf says: Jan 23, 2013 2:57 AM

    Tim Brown said this, JaMarcus Russell is making a come back, whatever. Knapp is fired, the Broncos lost, and there still Oakland. That’s all that matters.

  8. bengalskuta82 says: Jan 23, 2013 2:58 AM

    Go to the browns or raiders

  9. vertskate900 says: Jan 23, 2013 3:02 AM

    I can’t be the only one who laughed out loud for a good 30 seconds upon reading this headline.

  10. socalraider909 says: Jan 23, 2013 3:03 AM

    LMAO!!! Besides the Chiefs no one would sign him

  11. bullethead527 says: Jan 23, 2013 3:04 AM

    I guess either he is running out of money or has been watching Russell Wilson, RG3 and Cam Newton playing and thinks he can play at their level.

    Naw dude gotta be broke…..

  12. fcrraptor720 says: Jan 23, 2013 3:08 AM

    You know what, why not try this 308 pounder at weak side tackle?

  13. tatum064 says: Jan 23, 2013 3:11 AM

    Long way to go. If you have the natural ability , thats one thing, but reading progressions, the footwork, the mental aspect will need a lot of work.

  14. rukkus1 says: Jan 23, 2013 3:13 AM

    Being drafted by the raiders… i dont blame him for the codeine syrup and pills. Maybe neither one was a great career move in retrospect however.

  15. monsterright says: Jan 23, 2013 3:14 AM

    Wouldn’t that just be a come? Comeback makes it sound like he’s been somewhere before.

  16. tharaidergang says: Jan 23, 2013 3:19 AM

    Oh good Lord…

  17. mcox4mvp says: Jan 23, 2013 3:19 AM

    Don’t you just get the feeling that this is going to be one of those remarkable feel good stories?

  18. kgsmith says: Jan 23, 2013 3:20 AM

    Teams may ask him to give some of the money he stole from Al Davis back before they give him a chance..

  19. faaast1 says: Jan 23, 2013 3:24 AM

    And I know the perfect place for him.

    The long defunct NFL Europe, or perhaps the even longer defunct XFL, or World Football League.

    And, there’s always the soon to be NFL Developmental League.

  20. dlacsa says: Jan 23, 2013 3:24 AM

    Still a better quarterback than Mark Sanchez

  21. grossmandasexcannon says: Jan 23, 2013 3:28 AM

    Nah, I’d rather take Travis Henry back. And that’s coming from a buffalonian who needs a QB pretty bad.

  22. pr0jecktpat says: Jan 23, 2013 3:29 AM

    The guy has all the raw talent in the world but had close to zero commitment when he played previously. If he can get in to shape and prove to teams he cares then he deserves a second chance.

  23. daknight93 says: Jan 23, 2013 3:31 AM

    Let it Go Jamarcus, find another career and enjoy your life….

    all 32 NFL teams

  24. hoodheisman says: Jan 23, 2013 3:33 AM

    Fatback isn’t gonna fool anybody. He’s a better fit at DT than he is at QB.

  25. z0inks says: Jan 23, 2013 3:35 AM

    Waking up broke sucks, don’t it?

  26. gosuhgo says: Jan 23, 2013 3:42 AM

    308? Lions could use a new 3rd string DT, send him over.

  27. dubv326 says: Jan 23, 2013 3:46 AM

    Sweet, Oakland needs a solid DT

  28. wkdblc52 says: Jan 23, 2013 3:48 AM

    Yeah, this story makes me laugh, next thing ya’ know, Ryan Leaf, Tony Mandarich, and Steve Entman will all talk about making a comeback. Hasn’t this guy seen what can happen to guys like Vince Young and countless other first round picks. Go have another cheeseburger, Wimpy ! You shot your chance !

  29. fijabbersman345 says: Jan 23, 2013 3:51 AM

    Send him to Seattle…he and Marshawn Lynch would make a dynamite friendship. #tastetherainbow

  30. maumontav5 says: Jan 23, 2013 3:58 AM

    ¨Had so much potential¨ has become the cliche of choice in modern sports, with so many good athletes that don’t cut it on pro sports.

    However, man, did this guy had all the potential in the world. He made Flacco’s arm look like Ryan Fitzpatrick’s.

    Couldn’t put it all together, and playing for such a dysfunctional organization didn’t help.

    However he did have a couple of very good moments in the NFL, and as a fan it would have been amazing watching a freak athlete like him dominate with his arm to the extent that just vick and griffin have been able to do with their legs. Cause I don’t think there is a pocket passer right now that can dominate as he could have with that arm.

  31. coltzfan166 says: Jan 23, 2013 4:04 AM

    Hardly played his first season. Second season….struggled most the season, but started to look good at the end of the year. The win over Tampa in the season finale got Gruden fired. But then sucked his third year and was released. And this was before Hue Jackson ever made it to Oakland.

    The Raiders released him not long after they traded for Jason Campbell, and they said Russell looked decent in the Raiders’ minicamp before he was released. So maybe with better coaching he’ll be better? Just a thought. We all like to label him as one of the biggest all-time busts, yet he’s probably better than Ryan Lindley or John Skelton.

    But he would also be a big distraction and I don’t know which teams would want to take a chance on him, even as a backup.

  32. jtylert says: Jan 23, 2013 4:15 AM

    308 lbs??

    How good is he at DT?

  33. undraftedstar says: Jan 23, 2013 4:19 AM

    LMAO! That Purple stuff have him on a serious trip, he believes he’s a football player.

  34. sharksfan754 says: Jan 23, 2013 4:20 AM

    308 and he’s been training? For what? The Nathan’s hot dog eating contest?

  35. undraftedstar says: Jan 23, 2013 4:21 AM

    The skins need offensive lineman .

  36. pencilmonkeymagic says: Jan 23, 2013 4:22 AM

    Can you imagine trying to tackle a 308 pound QB on a scramble? Just a thought…

  37. boneyardbuc says: Jan 23, 2013 4:36 AM

    He’ll be back in the league in no time. GM’s would be crazy not to pick up a 308lb offensive lineman who has relatively good speed.

    After all, he is being mentored by one of the greatest blocking wide receivers of the Buccaneers, if not the entire history of the league.

    “I’m not looking for a pat on the shoulder from people who haven’t been there for me” < I can't begin to understand what this means.

  38. rgf1982 says: Jan 23, 2013 4:48 AM

    in related news david blain has just admitted magic is all smoke and mirrors.

  39. omniscient48 says: Jan 23, 2013 4:51 AM

    Everyone should get a second chance. I would be surprised if he has mobility at 308 pounds.

  40. britishraven says: Jan 23, 2013 5:06 AM

    Im sure fans of the other 31 teams will join me in saying: “Go get him Rex”

  41. damon089 says: Jan 23, 2013 5:12 AM

    Call me crazy, but I’m for it. He could be a good starter in this league with good work ethic. and From what I’ve seen, he’s now got that. I think if he comes back, he’ll be motivated to prove people wrong.

  42. backinblack67 says: Jan 23, 2013 5:15 AM

    Finished blowing Als’ money and ready to play now? I hope this sorry peice of crap cant find a job flippin’ burgers.

  43. lostsok says: Jan 23, 2013 5:20 AM

    He burned through all that money ALREADY?

  44. drainbameged says: Jan 23, 2013 5:24 AM

    Hmm 308 lbs you say…im on the lighter side of that…maybe i should try to revamp my nfl career?

  45. biggestredmiami says: Jan 23, 2013 5:25 AM

    It’s either try to come back or work at McDonalds with an employee discount.

  46. araidersfan says: Jan 23, 2013 5:31 AM

    Given that JaBustus was always a lazy, unmotivated slug I can only guess that he’s burned through the bonus money he pilfered from the Raiders and is now close to being broke/destitute.

    I can’t see any other plausible explanation for Russell’s sudden ‘interest’ in being a legit NFL player.

  47. gaeaglefan1023 says: Jan 23, 2013 5:36 AM

    Is he playing Guard or Tackle?

  48. evilmajortom says: Jan 23, 2013 5:36 AM

    Jeff Garcia and Marshall Faulk must be really hard up to get their names in the news.

  49. megatron1120 says: Jan 23, 2013 5:36 AM

    This should be interesting. Where’s Ashton Kutcher to tell us we’re being punked?

  50. derrickbrooks4president says: Jan 23, 2013 5:36 AM

    Mentored by the bust, Michael Clayton? That has nuclear fail wrote all over it.

  51. Heisenberg says: Jan 23, 2013 5:38 AM

    You know.. I actually wish him well. Hopefully he learned something the last few years.

  52. blancanieve00 says: Jan 23, 2013 5:38 AM

    You know what i hope he succeeds good luck to you Jamarcus Russell i will be pulling for you

  53. 4512dawg4512 says: Jan 23, 2013 5:42 AM

    A comeback? …. Thanks for choosing Burger King Jamarcus, “comeback” and see us,

  54. sportsmeccabi says: Jan 23, 2013 5:42 AM

    I would love to see him become successful. Loads of potential.
    But he won’t, it’s hard to stop being lazy.

  55. dugganmt says: Jan 23, 2013 5:44 AM

    Jamarcus Russell, biggest bust in the history of the nfl (literally).

  56. nygiantsfan22 says: Jan 23, 2013 5:52 AM

    I think it’s safe to file this in the “no chance in hell” section of your archives.

  57. theirishtexan says: Jan 23, 2013 5:54 AM

    I’d be amazed if it happens. Russell never showed anything resembling a work ethic in the pros so it’s kinda hard to believe he’s got one now, weighing 308 pounds. I’d have huge doubts about this but at the same time I hope it happens, maybe Russell has finally had his epiphany moment…or maybe he just needs cash. Either way, best of luck to him.

  58. zsl89 says: Jan 23, 2013 5:55 AM

    Excellent!!! What team needs a guard for their practice squad?

  59. bearsoxass says: Jan 23, 2013 5:55 AM

    Fifth QB with the Jaguars!

  60. bminder1972 says: Jan 23, 2013 6:00 AM

    Sounds like he could be an o-lineman. But in all seriousness, why would anyone even think of lookin at this guy? He wasn’t just a draft bust, but a complete flop! Then again, maybe jerry jones will add him to the circus that is the cowboys, lmao

  61. m3dman3 says: Jan 23, 2013 6:03 AM

    Third string in the CFL if he’s lucky.

  62. beretta96d says: Jan 23, 2013 6:04 AM

    Make a comeback? Was he ever there in the first place?

  63. riggo08 says: Jan 23, 2013 6:07 AM

    There have been worse off the field stories. If he has gotten it back together and is in shape, give the guy a chance.

  64. joeflaccosunibrow says: Jan 23, 2013 6:08 AM

    A return to the buffet line!

  65. pinion8ted says: Jan 23, 2013 6:11 AM

    The money must be running out.

  66. frankyvito says: Jan 23, 2013 6:11 AM

    No, you won’t.

  67. jayquintana says: Jan 23, 2013 6:17 AM

    I don’t see what a team has to lose by inviting him to camp. Obviously, you don’t give him any guaranteed money.

  68. samapoc says: Jan 23, 2013 6:18 AM

    His quote sounds ridiculous. Let me get this straight: if someone hasn’t been there for you, you don’t want anything; but if they have, then you want more. Because you are a self centered, self important jackass. You had one of 32 jobs in the NFL and didn’t give a crap. You squandered an easy road to a championship at LSU. And you can just continue sitting your ignorant ass down on the couch while watching how players who care go about their business, such as Wilson, Luck, and Griffen, each of whom is better than you.

  69. bigal1952 says: Jan 23, 2013 6:19 AM

    You want a pat on the shoulder? How about a kick in the #$$ from the fans and coaches that YOU weren’t there for, that you let down when you took the money and flushed it down the drain along with your career? Obviously you still won’t admit you did anything wrong.

  70. piemasteruk says: Jan 23, 2013 6:21 AM

    I can’t see this ending remotely well for Russell. I know some players who leave the game for off-the-field reasons often make a comeback and do okay (Reggie Bush, Michael Vick, Plaxico Burress). But Jamarcus Russell didn’t leave the league for off the field reasons, he left the league because he sucked and nobody wanted him.

  71. mj1818 says: Jan 23, 2013 6:28 AM

    Initial reaction is lol. If McNabb couldn’t even sniff a look, I don’t see how J-Roc will.

  72. dabearsk says: Jan 23, 2013 6:32 AM

    Im thinking someone is gonna take a flyer and bring him to camp…such a waste of talent and opportunity up to this point..Maybe the Jets, Bills, Chiefs maybe, Philly… It’ll be interesting to see if the guy gets another chance and if so what does he do with it..unfortunately I think he doesn’t make it and he is broke within 5 years..I truly hope I’m wrong though.

  73. otto00 says: Jan 23, 2013 6:38 AM

    Is it April Fool’s Day?

  74. londonfletcher59 says: Jan 23, 2013 6:40 AM

    The Jets need a quarterback…

  75. noring4youstill says: Jan 23, 2013 6:41 AM

    Yeah as a O-Lineman

  76. mpayne12 says: Jan 23, 2013 6:54 AM

    Translation: I spent all my money and I need some sucker to pay me.

  77. sudz28 says: Jan 23, 2013 6:59 AM

    Wouldn’t he have had to have had a career in the NFL in the first place for it to be considered a ‘comeback’? I know he technically played in the league, but come on – shouldn’t having been relevant at some point be mandatory for using the term ‘comeback’?

  78. jargon47 says: Jan 23, 2013 7:03 AM

    If a team actually signs this joker, can we start calling him Jamarcus Hustle?

  79. knowmewell85 says: Jan 23, 2013 7:06 AM

    You can always be a professional taste tester if this doesn’t work out. Wish you the best!

    – Jared Lorenzen

  80. elwaysmilehighdenver says: Jan 23, 2013 7:06 AM

    So does Joey Harrington!

  81. tannethrill says: Jan 23, 2013 7:06 AM

    What position is he going to play this time around at that weight?

  82. jjrs89 says: Jan 23, 2013 7:08 AM

    Pillsbury throwboy

  83. fballguy says: Jan 23, 2013 7:09 AM

    Not a bad idea. The Rams need a right tackle.

  84. tomcous says: Jan 23, 2013 7:15 AM

    isn’t draft already Heavy with Defensive Tackles? … If he’s serious, someone needs to get him along with Tebow in a room for group therapy to help explain to them … “it’s just not going to work out for you guys as an NFL QB!”

  85. Raider-in-PA says: Jan 23, 2013 7:22 AM

    You gotta be kidding! What happened, did that $32 million that you ‘stole’ from Al Davis run out already??

    I can already tell you one team that wont be giving him a second look…

  86. yousoldout714 says: Jan 23, 2013 7:24 AM

    whats next a story about brett favre coming out of retirement? that would never happpen…

  87. bengalsstillsuck says: Jan 23, 2013 7:24 AM

    Bengals will sign you they always sign the has beens who are arrest prone thats why there an embarrassment to America.

  88. chargersdiehard says: Jan 23, 2013 7:26 AM

    About time he realizes he wasted a chance of a lifetime. Even if he doesnt make it back, at least he tried.

  89. mhs8031 says: Jan 23, 2013 7:28 AM

    Last I heard, this former multi-millionaire was living on a relative’s couch.

    He is broke and wants some more money.

  90. h3min1230 says: Jan 23, 2013 7:33 AM

    Comeback player of the year!


  91. jimmysee says: Jan 23, 2013 7:35 AM

    Making a “comeback” presumes he was ever “there” in the first place.

  92. bgsusteelers says: Jan 23, 2013 7:35 AM

    Why is he getting instruction from Jeff Garcia and Marshall Faulk? He should be getting it from Ted Washington and Orlando Pace.

  93. coolzog says: Jan 23, 2013 7:38 AM

    I guess the money ran out, can’t say I’m surprised. You could give these guys a billion dollars and I’m sure they’d find a way to lose it all.

  94. usher716 says: Jan 23, 2013 7:38 AM

    Translation: I’m broke.

  95. paepae805 says: Jan 23, 2013 7:41 AM

    And did you hear that some people are accusing others of taking steroids in baseball?

  96. goat2060 says: Jan 23, 2013 7:43 AM

    Out of money?

  97. eagleaniac says: Jan 23, 2013 7:44 AM

    It’s a shame he wasted his opportunity and talent. Best of luck, he’ll need it.

  98. MichaelEdits says: Jan 23, 2013 7:46 AM

    Quite a few teams are such a mess at QB that at least one should give him a shot. I guess.

  99. acmepackers says: Jan 23, 2013 7:50 AM

    308 pounds? Dude’s a tank. A thick, fat-covered tank. Can’t see this working

  100. canetic says: Jan 23, 2013 7:50 AM

    Did he blow through that money already?

  101. dirtdawg54 says: Jan 23, 2013 7:51 AM

    He wants to “get back in shape”? Doesn’t that presume he was ever in shape?

    And at 300+ pounds is he trying to come back as a nose tackle?

  102. vegaskid21 says: Jan 23, 2013 7:52 AM

    Must have ran out of money.

  103. bertyboz says: Jan 23, 2013 7:58 AM

    He’s a little under-sized but I think he’s got a shot at making it as an offensive guard or nose tackle.

  104. allen227 says: Jan 23, 2013 7:58 AM

    That’s the funniest thing I’ve read all week. I wouldn’t pay him $1000 to play for me if I owned a team.

  105. RedRuffensor says: Jan 23, 2013 8:05 AM

    My guess would be that he’s already squandered the millions he was paid and needs the cash.

  106. nomoreseasontix says: Jan 23, 2013 8:05 AM

    Sounds like someone figured out how to pry those last few dollars out of his pocket.

  107. jpaq68 says: Jan 23, 2013 8:07 AM

    Looks like he needs some dranking money.

  108. waldoampere says: Jan 23, 2013 8:10 AM

    Oh no, here comes Sanchez’ replacement.

  109. nflofficeadmin says: Jan 23, 2013 8:12 AM

    Good for him. All the better if he has a chip on his shoulder.

  110. fc187 says: Jan 23, 2013 8:13 AM

    You have to have had a career to come back to.

  111. george1859 says: Jan 23, 2013 8:14 AM

    Found out what it’s like to actually have to work for a living, Sucks huh?

  112. clk320cpe says: Jan 23, 2013 8:15 AM

    Obviously the dude is already broke. Hard to feel sorry for a guy that at one time had the world by the shorthairs, got a huge guaranteed signing bonus & became entitled. JaMarcus was & is a lazy guy.

    It was well known before the draft that he really didn’t like football. That’s changed now?? Riiiight…

  113. bodhisattva says: Jan 23, 2013 8:16 AM

    He is football shaped?!

  114. djohnson757 says: Jan 23, 2013 8:18 AM

    Good Luck on your comeback!

  115. stigman2012 says: Jan 23, 2013 8:21 AM

    Jamarcus Russell is the only one that wants to see Jamarcus Russell make a comeback.

  116. division2lbss says: Jan 23, 2013 8:23 AM

    Hope he does whatever it is he is trying to achieve. Dont care if hes broke or not.

  117. mazblast says: Jan 23, 2013 8:27 AM

    He’s in shape. Round is a shape.

  118. everton422 says: Jan 23, 2013 8:38 AM


  119. majikwen says: Jan 23, 2013 8:50 AM

    comeback from what ? he’s fat, slow and stupid….. that’s no way to go through life, but wait he is rich…… what does a posse cost these day’s ?

  120. tjacks7 says: Jan 23, 2013 8:51 AM

    If I were the Ravens I’d give him a shot as a tackling dummy. Bringing down Big Ben wouldn’t be too hard if you could tackle this guy.

  121. mrstinkypants says: Jan 23, 2013 8:53 AM

    So Jamarcus Russell AND Pat White want to make a comeback? I don’t think even the CFL would look at them.

  122. realfootballfan says: Jan 23, 2013 9:01 AM

    He must be broke, nothing else would motivate this slob as evidenced by him still being 300+ pounds.

    All the top ten picks who got thrown under the bus due to his idiocy just love this guy because he was the main reason cited for implementing the rookie wage scale.

    Before his disastrous career, the union wouldn’t budge on those salaries.

  123. dvdman123 says: Jan 23, 2013 9:10 AM

    I guess he ran out of money. Anyway no NFL coach would be crazy enough to give this guy another chance…….is Rex Ryan in da house?

  124. slvrnblk72 says: Jan 23, 2013 9:18 AM

    Sad thing is, I’m a Raider and an Irish life is over

  125. mhs8031 says: Jan 23, 2013 9:20 AM

    Russell is the poster boy for the Rookie Wage Scale. That is his contribution to the NFL.

  126. bamboozle99 says: Jan 23, 2013 9:21 AM

    He sure was not in any kind of hurry for training camp when he held out for so long in his rookie season.

  127. dolphins4 says: Jan 23, 2013 9:22 AM

    Gus Bradley is on line 1 saying the Jaguars need a driver for the Gus bus.

  128. jackbassett says: Jan 23, 2013 9:24 AM

    Comeback implies he was once something. What’s he coming back from? Mediocrity?

  129. eleventyeight says: Jan 23, 2013 9:30 AM

    It does sound funny at first but people do change as they get older. He is probably serious, and will get a shot if he does what he needs to to get in shape.

    It’s not exactly like he went into a great situation when he was drafted…but his being lazy and indifferent didn’t help either.

    Good luck to him; if he can’t make it as a QB he could definitely try OT.

  130. gmen0820 says: Jan 23, 2013 9:53 AM

    Someone pissed through that rookie deal cash

  131. bigd9484 says: Jan 23, 2013 9:59 AM

    It only takes 6 weeks of working out to get a story about an NFL comeback? I’ve been working out for 6 weeks, can I get a tryout too?

  132. bambamraider says: Jan 23, 2013 10:01 AM

    How’s making the news at 308 lbs and only training last 6 weeks show that’s he matured enough to be taken seriously? Had he come out of the woodwork at 260lbs….it would be different. He Still is the Same ol’Jawalrus.

  133. raiders757 says: Jan 23, 2013 10:03 AM

    The only place JaBust Russell is coming back to, is the line at his local buffet for another plate of slop.

  134. normaneinstein7 says: Jan 23, 2013 10:10 AM

    You guys are really underestimating the power of Purple Drank.

  135. boobsmcgoo says: Jan 23, 2013 10:15 AM

    You mean he’s tired of hanging out at the barber shop in Mobile, drinking that Purple Drank?

  136. vipod4ever says: Jan 23, 2013 10:15 AM

    Who’s running the Week 1 pre-SB headlines? Al Davis from the grave?

    Mind you, we would all get tired of the Har-Bowl stories anyways, the Raiders are more entertaining.

    As for JR, well, I’m sure he’s still got that rocket of an arm, but a pop-gun for a brain. He’s simply looking for a shot, getting a contract, and then hitting the roulette tables. Some team might invite him to camp, but I doubt it goes beyond a sniff.

    Calling Jeff George…calling Jeff George.

  137. musicman495 says: Jan 23, 2013 10:20 AM

    pr0jecktpat says: Jan 23, 2013 3:29 AM

    The guy has all the raw talent in the world but had close to zero commitment when he played previously. If he can get in to shape and prove to teams he cares then he deserves a second chance.
    The road to hell is paved with QB’s with a great arm. As Jeff George or Jay Schroeder can attest, being able throw the ball 70 yards does not constitute “all the raw talent in the world.” The QB position is 20% about arm strength, and the rest is about heart and what you have from the neck up. And there, this guy is a neverwas and neverwillbe.

  138. normaneinstein7 says: Jan 23, 2013 10:29 AM

    All jokes aside, I love great redemption stories. If he has matured and works hard, it would be a good thing to see him redeem himself.

  139. mattyj1055 says: Jan 23, 2013 10:39 AM

    if he can turn himself into a serviceable backup id take him back on the raiders… as long as he plays for free this time

  140. skinsfanwill says: Jan 23, 2013 10:47 AM

    Ryan Leaf was a bust. This kid is loaded with talent and ended up on a team with no line. We ALL remember him being sacked before he completed his 3 step drop. I say give the kid a shot. Now it’s up to him to put in the work.

  141. patsfan13 says: Jan 23, 2013 10:50 AM

    Maybe he should go to the Jags. He can’t make them any worse

  142. war27 says: Jan 23, 2013 10:51 AM

    Jeff Garcia will take him in and start mentoring him, next week he’ll be yapping to the press about how he should be starting over Russell.

  143. bribos says: Jan 23, 2013 10:55 AM

    Think big’un has a better chance of turning himself into a tight end. Not nearly as much thinking involved. A good receiver coach could teach a monkey to catch a football; all Russell has to do is learn to run routes and get in front of somebody on running plays. The image of him in the open field with the ball has got to bring a sparkle to a coach’s eye…

  144. steelbreeze676 says: Jan 23, 2013 11:03 AM

    He knows he’s not gonna get paid again, so I actually give the guy credit for trying – even if he is unsuccessful.

    In a very very small way it’s a little redeeming. Let me emphasize very small.

    All that being said, if the guy can turn his life around and turn his attitude around it’d be one of the great stories in sports – and so I’m pulling for him.

  145. bigzant82 says: Jan 23, 2013 11:11 AM

    lets be real:
    if he can lose 50-100ibs and keep it off
    and with gracia or whomever teaching him too read defenses and faulk teaching him mentally how too be a football player and get some work ethic this might work
    trust me there teams that will look at him is wouldnt mind my browns lookin at him since that idiot lombardi drafted him? everbody deserves a 2nd-3rd chance just its up too u if u goin to slap or waste that chance away

  146. jkr32 says: Jan 23, 2013 11:11 AM

    His physical tools are through the roof! If he can work on his accuracy and stop stuffing his face he’ll be fine.

  147. Matt says: Jan 23, 2013 11:16 AM

    His footwork and release were the weakest parts of his game. That isn’t gonna change overnight. Coming from a Raiders fan here who watched every game, this guy was Tebow without the legs.

  148. olcap says: Jan 23, 2013 11:27 AM

    “I’m not looking for a pat on the shoulder from people who haven’t been there for me,” Russell said.

    It’s not very promising to immediately try to lay blame for your own failures and terrible work ethic at the feet of others.

    Ironic, since the only person that I know of that HASN’T been there for him, is Jamarcus Russell himself.

  149. tanmarino17 says: Jan 23, 2013 11:44 AM

    I still you one thing. I bet a good portion of the league would give Jamarcus a shot at QB before they gave Tebow one.

  150. fwippel says: Jan 23, 2013 11:47 AM

    I never understood all the hype behind Russell when he was in college, or why anyone thought he was a first round talent, let alone worthy of the first overall pick. Considering that Adrian Peterson, Calvin Johnson and Patrick Willis came out of that draft, Russell may well qualify as the biggest draft bust ever.

    I wish the guy well in his comeback attempt. That said, it would have probably been best for him to keep that out of the press until he was at least back in shape.

  151. hrmlss says: Jan 23, 2013 11:52 AM

    Art Schlister or Ryan Leaf have better chances at a comeback. He’s probably broke already.

  152. jgava19 says: Jan 23, 2013 11:57 AM

    So does Joe Namath

  153. bukkasson says: Jan 23, 2013 12:06 PM

    You cannot cure stupid. Is this not the same guy who showed up at an SEC championship game (LSU vs ‘Bama) wearing the jersey of the opposition? And then didn’t understand why members of his alma mater got mad? Besides the fact that he alienated all his teammates with his ‘Chosen One’ diamond necklace and his skipping meetings to go to Vegas, he’s too dumb to play quarterback in the NFL. Evidently too dumb to realize he’s dumb…

  154. steelersnowand4ever says: Jan 23, 2013 12:11 PM

    Hey, maybe somebody will have a battle between Russell and Tebow for third stringer.

  155. jamesstinnett says: Jan 23, 2013 12:12 PM

    This guy is terrible!! But i do think he will land a back up role in someons offense. I mean 3rd and goal at the 1 yard line. Qb draw from a 300 pound QB would be tough to stop. Maybe the Jets will pick him up so they can get on the front paper of the paper for another day…

  156. upperdecker19 says: Jan 23, 2013 12:13 PM

    With Hostess going bankrupt, JaMarcus may have a chance to drop a couple of lbs

  157. peytonsneck18 says: Jan 23, 2013 12:15 PM

    He will sign with the Redskins, they love bust

  158. devildog911 says: Jan 23, 2013 12:18 PM

    Next headline…

    “Ryan Leaf also wants to make a comeback after prison.”

  159. arkraider says: Jan 23, 2013 1:00 PM

    Id rather have Jeff George…

  160. conspiracygenerator says: Jan 23, 2013 1:27 PM

    codeine syrup is expensive

  161. tformation says: Jan 23, 2013 2:44 PM

    This is like a late Christmas gift to NFL sports writers. And to this site. Bring on the schadenfreude!

    Try Canada, JaMarcus. Take the Flutie route. Show us you love the game enough to play it in Canada. Go win the Grey cup there.

    Then maybe. Them’s some big ifs.

  162. mark0226 says: Jan 23, 2013 3:14 PM

    Is he switching positions to offensive line?

  163. granadafan says: Jan 23, 2013 3:53 PM

    Pat White wants a comeback. Tim Brown accuses his former coach of sabatoging the Super Bowl. JaWalrus wants a comeback.

    I think we fans are being Teo’d.

  164. 11thstreetmafia says: Jan 23, 2013 4:16 PM

    Jamarcus wants a comeback….In an unrelated story, I want to win the lottery.

  165. bigalhebdman says: Jan 23, 2013 7:47 PM

    Seriously, maybe a position switch would work for him, tight end or Offensive tackle, but QB…., I don’t think so. Been too spoiled since he left watching hard workers likeLuck, Cam Newton, RGIII and Russell Wilson re-define the position as the up and coming generation.

  166. lurkerkerker says: Jan 23, 2013 9:08 PM

    I’m sure we were all geniuses in our early twenties, right?
    JaMarcus blew it, but if the only thing that amounts from his attempted comeback is that he sheds some pounds and adds some years to his life, then good for him.

  167. gitlin1 says: Jan 23, 2013 10:45 PM

    JaMarcus is a great player. Get over it!

  168. dprouse says: Jan 24, 2013 11:02 AM

    If Russell is admitting to 308, you can guarantee that he is about 20 pounds over that number. One thing you can guarantee in football is that the fat guys will shave about 20 pounds off the number they give publicly, and the skinny guys will add about 15 to the number they give.

  169. jwreck says: Jan 24, 2013 3:01 PM

    monsterright says: Jan 23, 2013 3:14 AM

    Wouldn’t that just be a come? Comeback makes it sound like he’s been somewhere before.
    Yeah, but “JaMarcus Russell wants to make come” would be the very last link I or anyone else on the planet would ever click on.
    pencilmonkeymagic says: Jan 23, 2013 4:22 AM

    Can you imagine trying to tackle a 308 pound QB on a scramble? Just a thought…
    Yes I can. In fact I’ve seen it. Problem is it’s 308 pounds of Reese’s and Auntie Ann’s pretzels, not muscle. Either way, he’s slow as molasses, and falls down as soon as a defender hits him anywhere below the waist.

  170. lakermetskins says: Jan 24, 2013 10:56 PM

    Sorry, don’t want him. Not big enough to play QB in this league.

  171. randallflagg52 says: Jan 25, 2013 2:20 AM

    Does anyone remember that spin move Jamarcus put on 2 Eagles defenders back in 08 or 09? That was one of the funniest things I have ever seen. I don’t know how it actually fooled those linebackers, but it ranks up there with Chad Pennington juking out that Patriot player.

  172. cluelessdufus says: Jan 25, 2013 9:06 PM

    Russell should have another chance, lets not forget what team he was playing for and for a general manager he had drafting for the people around him. Ya I know he was lazy and a bum but playing for a Raiders team that traded 2 first rounders and a 2nd rounder for a 31 year old Carson Palmer you know that somethings wrong. Let someone like Bruce Arians or Mike McCoy try to mold him. It doesn’t work well than he is not a NFL quarterback but if he is truly committed give him a shot and I wouldn’t be surprised if someone did.

  173. dlmcc1010 says: Jan 25, 2013 9:21 PM

    Michael Clayton mentoring him? didnt that dude wash out of the league too? Correct me if I am wrong on that.

    If hes still at 308 pounds after all this time then he still doesnt get it. He should have always been working to get back into shape. I dont get the impression he was smart enough to sock any of that big rookie contract money away in case of a rainy day

  174. baloneyjohn says: Jan 29, 2013 3:49 PM

    A perfect tackling dummy, one capable of waddling

  175. skolvikings93 says: Jan 29, 2013 10:32 PM

    Al Davis just rolled over in his grave.

  176. esmithling says: Feb 8, 2013 1:43 PM

    I for one would really like to see this happen. It is a shame for any player to have that much talent and throw it away. Perhaps he has grown up. Or perhaps his has squandered away his wealth already. I am not saying I think he will be successful, but I really would like to see him do it. But, I wouldn’t bet on it.

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