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Jets have explored JaMarcus Russell

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Former No. 1 overall pick JaMarcus Russell — widely considered the biggest bust in NFL draft history — recently shed weight and is attempting an NFL comeback.

The Jets need a quarterback. Russell was once a quarterback. And the Jets have explored the possibility of adding Russell to their offseason roster.

Per Conor Orr of theĀ Newark Star-Ledger, the Jets had “some very exploratory, informal discussions” about the ex-Oakland Raider. The discussions took place after the firing of G.M. Mike Tannenbaum, and among members of the organization that still have their jobs.

It doesn’t sound like a signing is imminent, but Russell should come cheap, likely on a minimum-salary deal as he attempts to turn his life and football career around.

The Jets should like the sound of that. Because Tannenbaum left them with the worst salary cap situation in the league.

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  1. zengreaser says: Jan 28, 2013 11:37 PM

    That’s just gross…

  2. meana55 says: Jan 28, 2013 11:38 PM

    The lengths the JETS would go to to make Sanchez look good….

  3. tjacks7 says: Jan 28, 2013 11:38 PM

    Finally found the 2nd elephant for the circus.

  4. packerbackernj says: Jan 28, 2013 11:38 PM

    Omg please god make this happen.

  5. boobsmcgoo says: Jan 28, 2013 11:39 PM

    Yes! Please let this happen!

  6. houstontexans99 says: Jan 28, 2013 11:39 PM

    This story makes complete sense considering its the Jets

  7. mataug says: Jan 28, 2013 11:41 PM

    I think the media is just making up NY Jets stories because everybody wants to portray them as a circus.

  8. baronvonmonocle says: Jan 28, 2013 11:41 PM

    Sometimes the jokes just write themselves, don’t they?

  9. meatcleave42 says: Jan 28, 2013 11:41 PM

    This is not news, just a poor attempt to grab a headline. Carry on

  10. thejuddstir says: Jan 28, 2013 11:42 PM

    If any team was going to sign this bust, you just knew it would be the Jets. If the ineptitude is going to continue then it couldn’t have just been Tannenbaum. Woody and Rex are like that Jerrah dude down in Texas who keeps thinkin’ he’s smarter than anyone else.

  11. drgreenstreak says: Jan 28, 2013 11:42 PM

    Here we go from Tebow the good Christian boy to the drug-addicted psycho Russell.
    It just keeps getting better!

    Grape stuff?

  12. mazblast says: Jan 28, 2013 11:43 PM

    Finally found someone to follow the elephants at the circus.

  13. seanx40 says: Jan 28, 2013 11:44 PM

    Is there enough supply of Purple Drank in the New York metropolitan area?

  14. whitecastleisafoodgroup says: Jan 28, 2013 11:44 PM

    Tebow and JaMarcus as back ups to Sanchez.

    That’s not even funny. It’s sad that is even being considered.

  15. mikelitoris1 says: Jan 28, 2013 11:45 PM

    Congrats to Barnum & Bailey for becoming the proud owners of their first NFL franchise!

  16. rickastleydancemoves says: Jan 28, 2013 11:46 PM

    I don’t know about anybody else, but I don’t take this organization seriously.

  17. seattlerogueburner says: Jan 28, 2013 11:46 PM

    Mark Whalberg played a QB in that one movie, gonna give him a shot? How about Keanu Reeves? Hell, Golden Tate threw a TD for the Hawks this season. Wanna bring him in for a workout? You guys are just scraping the bottom of the jar aren’t ya?

  18. tinbender2000 says: Jan 28, 2013 11:47 PM

    How bad are the Jets? He could win the starting job there.

  19. coltzfan166 says: Jan 28, 2013 11:49 PM

    Just because he’s the biggest “bust” of all-time doesn’t mean he’s the “worst ever.” Heck, I’d go as far to say as he’s better than Ryan Lindley.

  20. cush2push says: Jan 28, 2013 11:49 PM

    He’s gonna make a mighty fine punt protector

  21. orivar says: Jan 28, 2013 11:49 PM

    Once again proving the Not For Long statement wrong. Seems like once you’re in the NFL/pro sports world, you’re in. Even if you don’t get on a team your name still circulates.

    Welp, time to bust my butt to get in the league. Maybe meet a Kardashian. ..Lol, if only I was brain dead for that.

  22. knickstape84 says: Jan 28, 2013 11:51 PM

    Really NYJs really seriously… Why? I want to see Russell continue his career. But why would the Jets put him and Sanchez on the same team just WHY…..It really is becoming a circus. If Russell has worked hard he can be solid but NY isn’t the place unless he can sit behind a guy to learn and get in shape…

  23. demolition510 says: Jan 28, 2013 11:51 PM

    I would say Ryan Leaf was the greatest bust considering how much was traded

  24. rgiddens says: Jan 28, 2013 11:52 PM

    Wow, the perfect organization for this guy to flourish in.

  25. catskinnerd11r says: Jan 28, 2013 11:54 PM

    Finally got a good punter protector and someone to run the wildcat

  26. juvegol says: Jan 28, 2013 11:55 PM

    Oh wow… this is… beyond a new low

  27. wattsrmyline says: Jan 28, 2013 11:56 PM

    Its to bad you don’t understand that the Ryan brothers are living off their fathers reputation (Buddy) Buddy couldn’t go wrong did you ever look at what Buddy had to work with.

  28. ningenito78 says: Jan 28, 2013 11:56 PM

    Go into next year with Sanchez, Tebow, and Jamarcus would be fantastic. They don’t even equal a QB.

  29. commonsensedude says: Jan 28, 2013 11:57 PM

    Clearly, there is now only one missing piece of this psychotic jigsaw puzzle called the Jets roster. Paging Albert Haynesworth …

  30. worldchampsbaby says: Jan 28, 2013 11:58 PM

    And come camptime Demarcus will trot through the rain after practice for more pics.

  31. k0mbucha says: Jan 28, 2013 11:59 PM

    Ryan Leaf definitely takes the biggest bust title considering how much time he spent in and out of jail.

    The only thing Jamarcus has done his overload on hamburgers and honey buns and wash it down with purple drank!

  32. dmason85 says: Jan 28, 2013 11:59 PM

    Unreal. They are just determined to not let anyone take them seriously.

  33. ripster65 says: Jan 28, 2013 11:59 PM

    Wow. They’d give him a shot before really trying Tebow in their plans after snaggin him last year? JaMarcus (who commands 2 caps in his first name alone as though he’s earned them?) has proven nothing. Tebow’s won a playoff game and was rewarded with the loss of a year of his life/career just so he could be yet another sideshow in the NYJ circus. NY Jets and Dallas Cowboys are the MAD magazines’ of the NFL. Complete parody’s of real NFL teams.

  34. harrisonhits2 says: Jan 29, 2013 12:01 AM

    How long till the Jets fans start burning Woody Johnson effigies outside the Jets business offices ?

    Every time you think there couldn’t be a bigger facepalm moment for Jets nation lol

  35. finsrule2222 says: Jan 29, 2013 12:02 AM

    It’s almost hard to believe these Jets stories now. But as a Dolphins fan I smile and laugh everytime I read one.

  36. pftisterrible says: Jan 29, 2013 12:06 AM

    Signing a guy for cheap with no signing bonus or guaranteed money is a no risk proposition for an NFL team. You can laugh if you want, but the Jets have a good defense and desperately need a quarterback. Leave no stone unturned.

  37. jody46 says: Jan 29, 2013 12:08 AM

    I don’t know if anyone picked Tebow up but I hope he has such a wonderful career. Just to burn the jets butts. They didn’t even try to use him because they said he sucked? He didn’t suck at Denver. I really do hope he can do good in the nfl since no one gave him a chance even when he proved himself with denver. I like the underdogs. I also was a big fan of Doug Flutie who had some great games in the nfl but yes he wasnt an elite qb but I pulled for him so much

  38. musicman495 says: Jan 29, 2013 12:10 AM

    Truly a match made in heaven – or New Jersey.

  39. firestarter0728 says: Jan 29, 2013 12:13 AM

    If this were a movie script, it would be rejected for being too preposterous.

  40. yousuxxors says: Jan 29, 2013 12:14 AM

    maybe tebow should learn how to throw

  41. Xenu D. Alien says: Jan 29, 2013 12:15 AM

    The picture of him rocking the Hamburglar hoodie sure is appropriate.

  42. pisano says: Jan 29, 2013 12:20 AM

    In reality I don’t know who’s worse Sanchez or Russell. I’ll say one thing ,no matter who they bring in, Sanchez will be the most expensive back up in the NFL.

  43. stlrams908 says: Jan 29, 2013 12:23 AM

    Still better than Sanchez

  44. daknight93 says: Jan 29, 2013 12:25 AM

    As long as Rex is the ring leader of this circus, Jets will continue to give us fans more laughs and I hope they don’t believe Jamarcus is suppose to challenge Mark cause it could backfire and I would be concern Jamarcus bad habits will rub off on Mark and make him worse..this is not progress for the Jets.

  45. devildog911 says: Jan 29, 2013 12:27 AM

    I’m short, fat, and ugly. Does this mean I have a chance to play in NFL if the Jets sign me?

  46. joedirte says: Jan 29, 2013 12:33 AM

    Man how pissed does Tebow gotta be. For the Jets to sign JaMarcus Russell and to cut you would be adding insult to injury. Not that Tebow is that good but Sanchez and especially Russell are flat out horrible. But hey ESPN can have 3 former Jets Head Coaches (Along with Herm Edwards and Eric Manginni) when Rex gets canned next season. They will be the new 3 stooges.

  47. silverhornet says: Jan 29, 2013 12:36 AM

    So they’ve gone from trying to get off Revis’ island to exploring planet Jamarcus? I think their compass is broken.

  48. rushbacker says: Jan 29, 2013 12:38 AM

    Baha. The Jets have officially become a caricature of themselves. What a joke. Guess they’re determined to live up to all the cracks about being a circus– this clown will fit right in. Somebody pass the popcorn.

  49. Canyonero says: Jan 29, 2013 12:38 AM

    If Sanchez hadn’t been dating underage girls none of this would be happening..

    Still, I refuse to believe Jamarcus Russell is capable of a comeback. There’s no way.

  50. soj83 says: Jan 29, 2013 12:43 AM

    Ryan Leaf is going to be brought in on a work release program

  51. travel4football says: Jan 29, 2013 12:44 AM

    Who came up with this bonehead idea? The new GM or Woody Johnson?

  52. travel4football says: Jan 29, 2013 12:46 AM

    All we need now is that Ryan Leaf announces that he is coming out of retirement and early release? from jail? and we are good to go.

  53. flipola says: Jan 29, 2013 12:49 AM

    If he can come back and be successful after all this, god bless him. I would truly love to see it.

  54. hkdaddyo says: Jan 29, 2013 12:51 AM

    They Jets explored JaMarcus Russell? That must have been some expedition! I hope they were smart enough to bring plenty of food and water for when the exploration party traversed his midsection. That must have taken weeks!

  55. fdugrad says: Jan 29, 2013 12:59 AM

    Let me get this straight: They have talked to THIS schlep and bypassed Vince Young?! I don’t think very highly of Vince, however he MUST be a better and inexpensive shot-in-the-dark than Jumbo Russell!! If he is not, then there must be something REALLY wrong with VY!!

  56. huskerkid93 says: Jan 29, 2013 12:59 AM

    Oh man as a Jet fan please pray for my sanity. But seriously forget Manish and Cimini and the rest of the NY media. They’ll do whatever they can to pile onto the poor Jets at this point.

  57. ddogdaddy says: Jan 29, 2013 1:03 AM

    I would like to see the Jets sign him and bump him to second string just to hear Tebow curse. Awesome.

  58. dkrauss93 says: Jan 29, 2013 1:09 AM

    And I thought the circus couldn’t get any worse.. On a serious note, the Jets make me sick. Obviously they need a new QB but C’MON MAN! You’re doing this for headlines obviously and this is beyond pathetic!

  59. themike31 says: Jan 29, 2013 1:11 AM

    The Jets thought they were going to explore India, but they landed in JaMarcus Russell instead.

  60. thegreatgabbert says: Jan 29, 2013 1:12 AM

    The exploration party has been gone for weeks and they’ve only mapped a tiny portion of the east side of the land mass.

  61. dcfan4life says: Jan 29, 2013 1:28 AM

    From Sanchez to Tebow to Jemarcus Russell. I mean it goes from bad, to worse, to the worst. All they need now is to sign any QB that just played in Arizona this year as well…

  62. itscompton says: Jan 29, 2013 1:28 AM

    They’ve only partially explored him as they haven’t had time to fully circumnavigate his circumference yet.

  63. catholic9ersfan says: Jan 29, 2013 1:29 AM

    Maybe he’s the missing piece that’ll get the Jets to the super bowl ha ha ha

  64. rajbais says: Jan 29, 2013 1:30 AM

    Just bring in T.O.!!!

    He’s in better shape and will be better at age 58 than Russell will be at age 28!!!

    Plus, Owens played for morninwheg in SF & Philly.

  65. swagger91 says: Jan 29, 2013 1:35 AM

    Wat if he come back and start ballin? He will go 0-2 vs the pats but if he can win 9 games in the afc Least then maybe the can be ok…i hate the jets but I kno they got weapons rex ryan need to retire and go to the wwe so he be the superstar he wanna be he a great coach but he not coachin like he was those first 2 years u aint never seen bill doin dat stuff…he need to coach keep revis feed santonio draft a rb and at least 2 wrs they got lucky wit landry awesome player…sooo yea I hope he workin hard he played real nice at lsu…maybe just maybe #patsnation

  66. jc327 says: Jan 29, 2013 1:43 AM

    Beautiful!

  67. fievel03 says: Jan 29, 2013 2:02 AM

    Jumbo Jet.

  68. Savage Lizard says: Jan 29, 2013 2:17 AM

    Of course they have.

  69. mec693 says: Jan 29, 2013 2:33 AM

    Guaranteed that 5-10 other teams had these low level, no committal convos with russel after he announced a comeback but the only team they report is the Jets cause they want to put the circus label on them.. gotta love that honorable journalism

  70. nvinceable1 says: Jan 29, 2013 3:37 AM

    The Jets have explored JaMarcus Russell and it only took them 3 months to sail from one end to the other.

  71. mackcarrington says: Jan 29, 2013 4:10 AM

    ” Widely considered the biggest bust in NFL draft history…..” Was that MEANT to be funny ?????

  72. mikebrownistheworstownerinprosports says: Jan 29, 2013 4:54 AM

    No way was that dude worse than Akili Smith. Check the stats. Or watch the game film. Akili Smith had Russell-like work ethic with less talent.

  73. ialwayswantedtobeabanker says: Jan 29, 2013 4:56 AM

    Rex Ryan on the Jets-Giants game in late December of 2011: “I never came here to be little brother to anyone.”

    Maybe not intentionally, Rex – but you certainly have become the Giants’ little brother, in that embarrassing Billy Carter kind of way.

  74. jcurran77 says: Jan 29, 2013 5:35 AM

    This just keeps getting better

  75. stigman2012 says: Jan 29, 2013 5:43 AM

    Suppose Russell was what Cromartie meant when he said Sanchez just needed some help? How low has Sanchez gotten if his motivation and mentoring has went from Tebow (awful) to Russell (worst)?

  76. sterling7 says: Jan 29, 2013 5:51 AM

    That’s why the Jets are where they are!

  77. ridingwithnohandlebars says: Jan 29, 2013 6:45 AM

    The Jets have reached that point where any story, no matter how rediculous, can seem to be legit.

  78. alewatcher says: Jan 29, 2013 6:47 AM

    JaWalrus was never an NFL QB, despite having played the position. (I had never seen a QB waddle before.)

  79. djcologne says: Jan 29, 2013 6:57 AM

    Can’t wait to see Rex’s oversized Jamarcus tattoo!

  80. easywolf says: Jan 29, 2013 7:17 AM

    This team keeps getting dumber and dumber, beyond ridicule at this point, the owner should sell the team.

  81. rdirt says: Jan 29, 2013 7:19 AM

    Ryan Leaf will be out soon; probably best to hold on and wait for him.

  82. kgun80 says: Jan 29, 2013 7:21 AM

    I’m actually starting to feel bad for Jets fans!

  83. noring4youstill says: Jan 29, 2013 7:32 AM

    Point and laugh

  84. bminder1972 says: Jan 29, 2013 7:45 AM

    saw this article and spit my oatmeal all over my monitor, lmao !!!! seriously, can the jets change their name to the comedy club? oops, that names been taken. go get JaBustus. then rex can play center for sanchez, with JaBustus as a backup, youll be superbowl bound ROFLMAO!!!!!!! while your at it, give tim “cant throw” tebow some pom poms, he can be a cheerleader. we’ve all heard the term, “leave no stone unturned”, but i think the jets saying should be “we’re stoned”.

  85. nflofficeadmin says: Jan 29, 2013 7:51 AM

    Not exactly the place to turn a career around..

  86. flavordave says: Jan 29, 2013 7:52 AM

    By “explore” Im assuming you mean that the Jets bought a map, rented a ship ,and sailed across his vast belly.

  87. dcapettini says: Jan 29, 2013 8:02 AM

    Given the Jets cap situation and their difficulties at this position, it would be irresponsible of them not to at least consider Russell. They should consider anyone who might be willing to work cheap. They should bring him in if he shows anything at all. They need 4 or 5 QBs in camp anyway. He sure as hell could throw it on a rope when he was with Oakland.

  88. sbmcintosh36 says: Jan 29, 2013 8:12 AM

    I’m not sure how this should surprise anyone I guarantee that at least 25 other teams have “discussed” the guy ,he’s still young still has all the talent he had before and will come for pennies so why wouldn’t every team “discuss” it ?
    No one ever doubted the talent it was his fat ass and lack of anything between his ears.

  89. phreakin says: Jan 29, 2013 8:12 AM

    Water, auger and of course purple

  90. tdk24 says: Jan 29, 2013 8:24 AM

    Exploring this stiff should be grounds for dismissal for any GM.

  91. whatjusthapped says: Jan 29, 2013 8:25 AM

    Makes you wonder if the Jets are in the business to win football games or sell newspapers.

  92. gromit45 says: Jan 29, 2013 8:28 AM

    The Jets keep getting awesomer and awesomer.

  93. flyyseven says: Jan 29, 2013 8:30 AM

    Just trade Revis ,and go back to being the same ol jets ,Woody Johnson giving Jerry Jones a run for the money as for the next Al Davis

  94. SeenThisB4 says: Jan 29, 2013 8:33 AM

    You would think that the Jets would learn, but they keep running their collective heads into a brick wall.

  95. Dolphins Nation says: Jan 29, 2013 8:40 AM

    I remember the days when Jets fans used to say, we were a half away from the Superbowl. What Happened?

  96. vicksprman says: Jan 29, 2013 8:45 AM

    Comedy at its all time best, let the hilarity begin.

  97. nflsucker says: Jan 29, 2013 8:50 AM

    Russell had terrible pocket awareness just like Sanchez, but he never did master the butt fumble. Now’s his chance to learn from the best.

  98. ebbycalvinlaloosh says: Jan 29, 2013 8:53 AM

    They tried signing a guy that can’t play QB to play QB last year and it didn’t work. Meet the new Jets, same as the old Jets.

  99. malvord13 says: Jan 29, 2013 8:56 AM

    O please no

  100. imageflood says: Jan 29, 2013 8:56 AM

    It was either Jamarcus or Ryan Leaf for the Jets. But since Leaf was just sent back to prison, so it’s Jamarcus.

  101. omniusprime says: Jan 29, 2013 9:07 AM

    The jets are being run by some total idiot when it comes to personnel. First they pick Tiny Tim Teblow, the most incompetent excuse for an NFL quarterback ever to disgrace the NFL and now they want to check out Jerky Boy Russell the biggest mistake Al Davis ever made. I hope the jets are stupid enough to bring this worthless piece of garbage to their team, it will be fun to read about how they made a big mistake, like they did with Tiny Tim.

    Of course as a Raider fan it would be fun to watch the Raiders play the jets with Jerky Boy under center so the Raiders can give him some sack time payback.

  102. bartlettruss says: Jan 29, 2013 9:09 AM

    “Biggest bust in NFL draft history”? How can you do this to Ryan Leaf? It’s all he had left.

  103. whatnojets says: Jan 29, 2013 9:12 AM

    Guess he blew his “32 Million dollars” and is now “broke”

  104. cup1981 says: Jan 29, 2013 9:21 AM

    Hey, NYJ, Kordell Stewart said he’s looking for a job too.

  105. paul197343 says: Jan 29, 2013 9:26 AM

    2 Quarterbacks = NO Quarterbacks

  106. revischrist16 says: Jan 29, 2013 9:27 AM

    I just can’t believe this story, especially without a single source to back it up. This leads me to believe the media really is just making stuff up to make the Jets look bad because that is what sells.

  107. yssupasigninnamnotyep says: Jan 29, 2013 9:42 AM

    Absolutely hilarious…please Jets, make this happen. Think you were a laughing stock before?
    Haha, this would be awesome!!

  108. j0esixpack says: Jan 29, 2013 10:05 AM

    Good – the second best thing for Sanchez is to have another high profile QB waiting in the wings behind him.

    He responded so well to that last season.

    The best thing for him would be to have his head coach guarantee a Super Bowl.

  109. bradygirl12 says: Jan 29, 2013 10:06 AM

    They really don’t want to get better,do they?

  110. jprcox says: Jan 29, 2013 10:12 AM

    WOW – everyone want to be like “Mike” (or I should say, Russell, RG3, Colin)…

    I said it before, it takes a very special player to be able to run an offense like these guys. Trying to “force” the matter isn’t going to work.

    Not to mention J.Russell isn’t known for his mobility as much as these other players. Are we now just stereotyping?

  111. mrzazz41387 says: Jan 29, 2013 10:28 AM

    This was something discussed and dismissed before we even had a GM in place… but hey, it got all the Jets haters all riled up, so good for you.

  112. r8rsfan says: Jan 29, 2013 10:29 AM

    Does sizzurp boy ever lose the hoodie? Poser, and not even a very good one. But he chunk that ball a country mile.

  113. nicholaspidgeon30 says: Jan 29, 2013 11:07 AM

    The last time someone explored Jamarcus Russell the expedition lost 3 men

  114. flapjackdaddy says: Jan 29, 2013 11:20 AM

    This headline makes it sound like the Jets are “exploring” a planet or something.

  115. granadafan says: Jan 29, 2013 11:48 AM

    All of you laughing at the Jets and JaWalrus are off. They desperateley need an offensive tackle people!

  116. radrntn says: Jan 29, 2013 11:50 AM

    i guess desperate times call for desperate measures.

  117. jprcox says: Jan 29, 2013 11:56 AM

    “offensive tackle”…that is good.

    But you know, there is some odd truth to that. I mean what prevents him from doing something like that?? He knows the game, has good feel for a big man, and I bet he would be a great offensive lineman. Funny idea, but I bet it could actually work!

  118. nananatman says: Jan 29, 2013 12:16 PM

    O… K. At the very least he’ll be like an oppositely polarized anti Tebow magnet and push last years brilliant QB experiment out the door faster. Worst case scenario he hands Tebow a cup of Kool Aid.

  119. 11thstreetmafia says: Jan 29, 2013 12:21 PM

    Of course the Jets have taken a look at JaMarcus.

  120. raidermatt707 says: Jan 29, 2013 1:18 PM

    Ryan Leaf was a bigger bust than JaMarcus. Go compare their stats. As bad as Russell was, Leaf was much, much worse.

  121. mackcarrington says: Jan 29, 2013 11:29 PM

    Todd Marinovich is upset at not being included in the “Biggest draft bust” comparisons.

  122. txnative61 says: Jan 30, 2013 4:10 AM

    My interview would have gone something like this: Mr. Russell, how much of the money you were previously paid do you have remaining? What makes you think you will now do better for the much lesser amount we are offering?

  123. rubicon202 says: Feb 1, 2013 5:44 AM

    I thought Oakland was a bad orginization once or twice but the JETS have officially taken that title…

  124. pemory says: Feb 1, 2013 3:14 PM

    I’ve said it before, I’ll say it again: the NY Jets – Joe Namath + 50 years of misery.

  125. cluelessdufus says: Feb 3, 2013 7:13 AM

    Russell may have screwed up, but its not all his fault. When you got Al Davis drafting for you its hard. Ya I know he didn’t put in the work, Either does Carson Palmer. And giving Russell a chance to play isn’t the worst thing in the world.

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