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Report: “Good chance” JaMarcus Russell gets another shot

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The Raiders cut former No. 1 overall draft pick JaMarcus Russell three years ago, and since then no other team has brought him in. So if you figure you’ve seen the last of Russell on an NFL roster, that seems like a reasonable conclusion.

But there’s at least one person with an NFL team who believes Russell will be in some team’s training camp four months from now. Mike Freeman of CBS talked to an NFC scout who said that teams are keeping an eye on Russell as he tries to get himself back in football shape and get on the field again.

I’ve been following his comeback story pretty closely. I think a lot of teams are. Good chance he gets a second shot,” the scout said.

What Russell has going for him is that he has great physical talent for the quarterback position, and he’s still only 27 years old. When you’ve got the talent to be an elite quarterback, you can usually find teams willing to give you a second, third and fourth shot. Even Ryan Leaf, who like Russell was cut by the team that drafted him after three years, got another shot.

Still, Russell was there for the taking in 2010, 2011 and 2012, and for three straight seasons zero NFL teams wanted him. It seems unlikely that any team would want him in 2013.

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  1. floraiders says: Apr 4, 2013 12:17 PM

    He can be in shape all he wants, still can’t hit the ocean from the beach and still can’t read a defense .

  2. mazblast says: Apr 4, 2013 12:17 PM

    He deserves another shot, so long as it’s not with a team I like or a team I’m neutral about.

  3. ammarradhi says: Apr 4, 2013 12:18 PM

    That’s hilarious, no one wants this out of shape bust as a qb, maybe try lineman position

  4. RavenzGunnerz says: Apr 4, 2013 12:18 PM

    Don’t do it Jets!, don’t do it!

  5. deathmonkey41 says: Apr 4, 2013 12:18 PM

    And Ryan Leaf continued to disappoint, so your point is…

  6. leggett17 says: Apr 4, 2013 12:19 PM

    Freeman and Smith are old school Racists, who will do anything to champion the Black QB cause.

  7. Rick Spielman is a Magician says: Apr 4, 2013 12:20 PM

    How many top draft choices were cut by their original team, were out of the NFL for three years, then came back and had a successful career? Off the top of my head, I can’t think of any.

  8. lambeauleaper says: Apr 4, 2013 12:20 PM

    With the read-option craze going on, he might catch on with a team looking in that direction. The guys is still huge and can probably still bull over a couple of defenders.

  9. joetoronto says: Apr 4, 2013 12:20 PM

    He’d be a perfect Bengal.

  10. bobzilla1001 says: Apr 4, 2013 12:21 PM

    I’d rather give Vince Evans another chance before JaMarcus …

  11. cardiovascularendurance says: Apr 4, 2013 12:21 PM

    He’s two years younger than Brandon Weeden!

  12. urbanwarfare12 says: Apr 4, 2013 12:21 PM

    How can you make a comeback when you were never good to start out with? He was good in college, but was never good in the NFL. It’d be a comeback if he got another year of eligibility at LSU.

  13. ozymandias121 says: Apr 4, 2013 12:21 PM

    The Jets really are desperate.

  14. omegalh says: Apr 4, 2013 12:22 PM

    Russell has the type of raw talent and size that the Raiders love….oh wait!

  15. rdr4lif says: Apr 4, 2013 12:23 PM

    If he gets his weight down into the 240 range then I could see him getting a shot.

    It’s laughable when a guy comes out and says that he weighs 3 bills and is making a comeback.

    The saddest thing to me is Al Davis took a chance on this kid and it crippled the franchise. I know Al made lots of bad decisions over the end of his life but this was the “coup de grace”.

    It just goes to show that talent gets you only so far and I don’t see JR getting another shot unless his weight is closer to 200 than 300 pounds.

  16. steelernationisuperiortothelowlyplebsofthenfllolol says: Apr 4, 2013 12:23 PM

    Browns

  17. SilentMajority says: Apr 4, 2013 12:23 PM

    If you look at your roster and don’t see anything then why not? He’d come cheap and have quite a bit of upside.

  18. seastalls says: Apr 4, 2013 12:24 PM

    If people are still looking at Vince Young then it makes sense, team looking for a backup for the read option QB, as RGIII showed they tend to get banged up, even if it’s for a series or two. If he can run and take a hit he could help some teams. I mean seriously have you looked at the back end of a lot of QB rosters, it’s a wasteland.

  19. rwhited2 says: Apr 4, 2013 12:25 PM

    Yeah, even Ryan Leaf got another chance. That’s because at the time the Dallas Cowboys had a stupid GM who didn’t know what the heck he was doing. Nowadays, certainly no team would be that foolish. Uh oh, wait a minute…..

  20. phinfan86 says: Apr 4, 2013 12:25 PM

    dolphins next left tackle?

  21. coltzfan166 says: Apr 4, 2013 12:27 PM

    It’s fun to bash this guy, but seriously he’s probably better than Ryan Lindley and Curtis Painter.

  22. shinedown37 says: Apr 4, 2013 12:27 PM

    Teams with QB needs, Jets, Browns, Bills, Jags, Bucs, Titans, Cardinals. I say the Cards, because as we all know Carson Palmer, isn’t very good. So any of the above teams have a shot, unless he goes to a place to backup a big time quarterback.

  23. whatnojets says: Apr 4, 2013 12:27 PM

    Oh my goodness… I can hear it already….

    Starting at Quaterback for the 2013 New Yok Jets……..JaMarcus Russell !!

    Please, no pretty please, don’t do this to me!!!

  24. habsfanatic says: Apr 4, 2013 12:28 PM

    I’m sure no team wanted him because he never made a serious effort to come back until now. His problem however was not the physical aspect of the game but the mental one, what’s he doing to improve on that?

  25. mburkett1980 says: Apr 4, 2013 12:30 PM

    Mike Freeman, the king of anonymous quotes and false resumes.

  26. berniemadoffsides says: Apr 4, 2013 12:31 PM

    I’ll drank to that!

  27. mburkett1980 says: Apr 4, 2013 12:31 PM

    One of these days, Freeman is going to actually write a story that does not have anonymous quotes.

  28. bhm12 says: Apr 4, 2013 12:32 PM

    J-E-T-S, Juh-Mar-Cus!

  29. cas5875 says: Apr 4, 2013 12:32 PM

    Lets not go overboard… Its not like any team in the league is going to be giving him a chance to compete to be their starter. And no team is going to name a 27 yr old QB their 3rd stringer.

    His options are going to be limited to teams with no real back up QB that run a offense with minimal read-option plays installed in it.

    But at the same time if your a team like Jacksonville, NYJ, Cleveland, Buffalo or even Arizona, what does it hurt to give him a look, if he passes the initial eye test, follow it up with a 1-year “prove it” veteran minimum contract with no guarantees. If he proves to still be a waste of space, then you cut him and it doesn’t effect you at all.

  30. joecool49 says: Apr 4, 2013 12:40 PM

    -”Good chance he gets a second shot,” the scout said.”
    another leak from a NYJ staffer?

  31. southpaw2k says: Apr 4, 2013 12:40 PM

    I think I have a better chance at winning the Mega Millions jackpot than Russell does of playing again in the NFL.

  32. indywilson40 says: Apr 4, 2013 12:42 PM

    The Bills are collecting scrub QB’s, seems like a good fit.

  33. jiveturkeygobbler says: Apr 4, 2013 12:43 PM

    Get this man another shot of the that purple drank!

  34. Grulks says: Apr 4, 2013 12:44 PM

    Ha! take that vince young

  35. cmoney20 says: Apr 4, 2013 12:44 PM

    “How can you make a comeback when you were never good to start out with? He was good in college, but was never good in the NFL. It’d be a comeback if he got another year of eligibility at LSU.” You make a comeback when you retire from a sport and then choose to try and play again.

  36. franklamar says: Apr 4, 2013 12:45 PM

    I think that if he keeps going the way he is going this time he will be on some ones roster the first game of the season.I am a steelers fan and i would like if we could bring him in,it could not hurt.

  37. triplehops says: Apr 4, 2013 12:46 PM

    Oh he’s in shape…he’s round

  38. vikesfansteve says: Apr 4, 2013 12:46 PM

    It is admirable that someone with millions of dollars doesn’t just want to sit on his butt drinking sizzurp all day but wants to turn his life around and try to make amends for his mistakes the first time around. Everyone deserves another chance. I’ve watched that show on BR and he is very serious and doing well. I bet Jeff Garcia wishes he had JR’s size, speed, arm and youth. Best of luck.

  39. kash71 says: Apr 4, 2013 12:47 PM

    Shot at what? Donuts?

  40. SAV says: Apr 4, 2013 12:47 PM

    I think any team would be nuts not to kick tires on this guy. You bring him in sign him for an unguaranteed amount, put him in during the preseason and garbage time…coach him up. Trade him the following year for a 4th round pick conditional…its smart business…this guy isnt just anyone he is physically gifted beyond belief and 3-4 years older…maybe he grew up…people do that from time to time and he could represent awesome trade value if you can showcase him properly.

  41. dirtydrynn27 says: Apr 4, 2013 12:48 PM

    Steelers!

  42. dublindemonszfl says: Apr 4, 2013 12:49 PM

    He likes sausage, Green Bay has a lot of sausage.

  43. eastcoastniner says: Apr 4, 2013 12:49 PM

    Lazy Jamarcus should have joined the CFL or Arena League to hone his game, but no, he sat on his duff and now I’m sure he is blowing through his money, he wants back in. Dont think so fat-boy…maybe as a lineman if you bulk up.

  44. keylimelight says: Apr 4, 2013 12:51 PM

    Russell is working with trainers, nutritionists and former a QB (Jeff Garcia) to get back in shape for his comeback. He seems to be doing pretty well (well, not so great on the whiteboard) but the real question is does he have what it takes to maintain that kind of effort and focus without the push from his current support group once he’s been signed with a team.

    I wish him well, but after squandering millions of dollars and a wealth of opportunity, it’ll take more than one season for him to prove himself capable of being trusted.

  45. furtigan says: Apr 4, 2013 12:52 PM

    No chance. What role do you bring him in for?

    - Potential starter? Obviously not.
    - Steady veteran backup? No, those guys need be playbook warriors, ready to go on a minute’s notice even without getting a ton of practice reps. Not his makeup.
    - Developmental QB? He’s 27. That’s not old-old, but it’s way too old to be a “project QB” that you sit and develop.

  46. bigbenownsthenfl says: Apr 4, 2013 12:52 PM

    Forget Russel. Where the Stevie johnson thread about him saying that North Korea should nuke the patriots first! God youre slipping florio!

  47. michaeljacksonisback says: Apr 4, 2013 12:53 PM

    Steelers please sign this man child ASAP!!!

  48. mrphatal says: Apr 4, 2013 12:56 PM

    SAV says:Apr 4, 2013 12:47 PM

    I think any team would be nuts not to kick tires on this guy. You bring him in sign him for an unguaranteed amount, put him in during the preseason and garbage time…coach him up. Trade him the following year for a 4th round pick conditional…its smart business…this guy isnt just anyone he is physically gifted beyond belief and 3-4 years older…maybe he grew up…people do that from time to time and he could represent awesome trade value if you can showcase him properly.

    __________________________________
    This guys outta bling and needs a few rocks.

  49. weepingjebus says: Apr 4, 2013 12:56 PM

    Just a few moments ago, Rex Ryan had a huge shudder run down his spine, only for him to shrug and go back to shaking the vending machine.

  50. louiebills says: Apr 4, 2013 12:56 PM

    What better comaback that with the very same team that drafted him…

  51. ad28bestever says: Apr 4, 2013 12:57 PM

    Hope he signs with Washington because we all know logicalvoicesays will say that he was a first rd bust because he wasn’t with the greatest franchise in sports, and he is now the best backup, or in their case, the best 5th QB in the league, and definitely a top 5 QB in the league. Even better than Rodgers, Brady, and Manning.

  52. poprox13 says: Apr 4, 2013 12:58 PM

    “Report: “Good chance” JaMarcus Russell gets another shot”

    of purple drank

  53. anpsteel says: Apr 4, 2013 1:02 PM

    Rick Spielman is a Magician says: Apr 4, 2013 12:20 PM

    How many top draft choices were cut by their original team, were out of the NFL for three years, then came back and had a successful career? Off the top of my head, I can’t think of any.

    ***********************************

    Tommy Maddox

  54. Cereal says: Apr 4, 2013 1:03 PM

    Big strong armed kid, he should get another look. Of course nobody expects him to finally “get it” win a job & stick….

  55. gary2525 says: Apr 4, 2013 1:04 PM

    Don’t worry that idiot banner will bring him in for the Browns camp.

  56. tformation says: Apr 4, 2013 1:11 PM

    Yeah, but what is his weight right now?

  57. wesleyt4 says: Apr 4, 2013 1:12 PM

    And that scout should be fired immediately. That guy was the biggest bust in the history of busts. He obviously has already squandered his fortune and needs to pull a check somehow. Disaster waiting to happen. No thank you.

  58. capslockkey says: Apr 4, 2013 1:14 PM

    He’s had three years to get himself in shape. If it hasn’t happened by now…..

  59. thejuddstir says: Apr 4, 2013 1:18 PM

    ““Good chance” JaMarcus Russell gets another shot”………….of purple drank!!

  60. jimiinpa says: Apr 4, 2013 1:18 PM

    mburkett1980 says:Apr 4, 2013 12:31 PM

    One of these days, Freeman is going to actually write a story that does not have anonymous quotes.
    ———————don’t hold your breath

  61. raideralex99 says: Apr 4, 2013 1:21 PM

    Here you go Reggie … he’s been out of football so the Raiders should be able to sign thim for cheap to fill the roster.

  62. mrphatal says: Apr 4, 2013 1:22 PM

    Shot at what? The Buffett?

  63. chiefdt58 says: Apr 4, 2013 1:22 PM

    once a raider, always a raider… right raider fans?

  64. jebdamone says: Apr 4, 2013 1:24 PM

    i don’t care how in shape or how physically talented jamarcus is. unless he has magically become a student of the game and somehow found an arm that could hit the broad sie of a barn he is still not going to make it in the NFL

  65. rajbais says: Apr 4, 2013 1:26 PM

    Mike Freeman will be wrong (as he often is).

    He’s only lost 27 lbs and that makes him salvageable???

    His horrendous play was so bad teams felt “we’d rather have the same results with cheaper and lower drafted guys than this slob!!! Even if the results will be bad at least they’ll seem to learn more and give us hope for the future!!! Jamarcus never cared enough to learn a damn thing!!!”

  66. matthewcarlson1 says: Apr 4, 2013 1:26 PM

    I believe in second chances.. but anyone who can blow through the type of money this clown threw away doesn’t deserve another chance. His comeback is about the money, not the football.

  67. watchdawg1103 says: Apr 4, 2013 1:27 PM

    His better shot of getting back in was keeping the weight and becoming a lineman or slimming down some and becoming a tight end.

  68. spinmovr says: Apr 4, 2013 1:27 PM

    Read-option? I know there are a lot of dullards commenting here but Jamarcus Russell is not fast…at all. He is black but he cannot run the football. He can’t throw with any accuracy either, but most of you seem to know that.

    Sometimes I wonder how PFTers even push buttons on the remote well enough to watch football games.

  69. cmonelisha says: Apr 4, 2013 1:27 PM

    all i can say is thank god the giants got eli manning..

  70. granadafan says: Apr 4, 2013 1:27 PM

    Honestly, I came here for the comments. You people did not disappoint.

  71. broncobeta says: Apr 4, 2013 1:29 PM

    Think of all the people that work their tails off for pennies.

    This guy gets another chance because he lost 27 pounds?

    Pathetic.

  72. themackstrong says: Apr 4, 2013 1:30 PM

    leggett17 says: Apr 4, 2013 12:19 PM

    Freeman and Smith are old school Racists, who will do anything to champion the Black QB cause.

    ————————————————

    Maybe you should get together a close group friends and defend the honor of white QB’s jobs. Maybe you can all be anonymous by using white bed sheets with holes cut out. What a minute…… This story had nothing to do with race, it was about one of the biggest busts in NFL history trying to make a come back. I think every other responder got that and had comments about that. But someone else had to bring race into the story. Hmmmmmm.

  73. wreckedems says: Apr 4, 2013 1:32 PM

    How many Raiders does it take to change a tire? One…unless it’s a blowout, then the whole team shows up

  74. seaeagle707 says: Apr 4, 2013 1:37 PM

    Hey!!! Stop with the negative waves. Why, I’d be willing to bet some large green that Jamarcus, can be just as professional and skillful at holding a clipboard as,…..as,…….Tim Tebow.

  75. briang123 says: Apr 4, 2013 1:40 PM

    Let’s review the list of QBs who are on their 3rd and 4th chances; Kolb, Fitzpatrick, Hasselback, Palmer, Hoyer. Now let’s look at the list of QBs being denied a second chance: Young, Russell. Hmmmm. The first list is all white guys. The second list are all African-Americans. Gee, I wonder why the difference in treatment? Oh well, at least Young and Russell could get into coaching….oh wait

  76. richiesaurus310 says: Apr 4, 2013 1:42 PM

    The saints make the most sense IMO. He can sit behind Drew Brees, who is 34 btw, and Jamarcus went to LSU.

  77. 11inthebox says: Apr 4, 2013 1:42 PM

    Pro football is all about talent. If Russell can play, he’ll get a shot. That’s what makes sports so much better than corporate b.s. It’s about ability, not ass kissing and politics.

  78. pftjunkie says: Apr 4, 2013 1:44 PM

    There are only a few team’s coaches that I would trust to actually make a QB out of Jamarcus Russell, ie Harbaugh/49ers, Arians/Cardinals, McCarthy/Packers, Belichick/Patriots, so if I were Jamarcus, I would be careful about going to a team that is desperate and does not have a coach that is known for developing good QBs, as his result would probably end up as the same as when he was a Raider…

  79. whatjusthapped says: Apr 4, 2013 1:44 PM

    The Vikings should bring him into camp. They are used to QB’s drafting near the top of the first round that do nothing but disappoint, the difference is that Russell can actually throw the ball further than 20 yards downfield.

  80. tformation says: Apr 4, 2013 1:44 PM

    Honestly, keep expectations low for JaMarcus. 3rd string QB is his ceiling right now. I’d be surprised if my Bears brought him in, but not mortified. I doubt he’d make the team. And if he somehow made the final cut I’d have to cut the Bears talent evaluators some slack. He may very well be the best 3rd string QB option.

  81. staubach12ismyidol says: Apr 4, 2013 1:45 PM

    what about a package deal for Russell and Haynesworth…Just as long as you are not paying by the pound

  82. bryantrulen says: Apr 4, 2013 1:55 PM

    Jamarcus will be in the New York Jets Training Camp. Should be an interesting training camp again for the Jets…. How Ironic would it be if the Jets cut Tim Tebow in order to pick up Jamarcuss Russel…

  83. Rick Spielman is a Magician says: Apr 4, 2013 1:56 PM

    anpsteel says:Apr 4, 2013 1:02 PM

    Rick Spielman is a Magician says: Apr 4, 2013 12:20 PM

    How many top draft choices were cut by their original team, were out of the NFL for three years, then came back and had a successful career? Off the top of my head, I can’t think of any.

    ***********************************

    Tommy Maddox
    ______

    Good call.

  84. hpeters77 says: Apr 4, 2013 1:59 PM

    Saints don’t really have a backup qb and he was loved at LSU

  85. rajbais says: Apr 4, 2013 2:01 PM

    Jamarcus Russell is a reason why you bank on Russell Wilson or even Ryan Lindley.

    At least when the two aforementioned active QBs would struggle a coach would or could at least feel more hope. He could tell himself “at least he’s learning” because of the most seldom spoken piece of draft analysis for lower picks, “he has room for growth.”

  86. pacodawg says: Apr 4, 2013 2:17 PM

    The love of football or no money? I bet the first, lol

  87. bluenose1965 says: Apr 4, 2013 2:18 PM

    Vince Young Part 2 – Got by on being bigger, stronger and more athletic through high school and college. When challenged with the complexity of the NFL, couldn’t read defenses.

    Unless he’s gotten NFL smarter, his fitness is irrelevant.

  88. frostymugobeer says: Apr 4, 2013 2:19 PM

    Seattle will give him a shot….he could fit in well with the scheme they are running and could “flick” the ball 60 yds to harvin.
    say what you will about the dude but he has a cannon arm.
    if he truly does get in “football shape” instead of the “shape of a football” he could be dangerous.

  89. brassknuckles47 says: Apr 4, 2013 2:19 PM

    “You go, JaMarcus!”

    ~T.O.

  90. nomoreseasontix says: Apr 4, 2013 2:20 PM

    Those who think he’s got any up-side apparently only read blogs and ESPN propaganda.
    If you saw very many Raider games when he was there, you know that his one skill is to throw a football a long way.
    That doesn’t equal up-side.
    After two years, the coaching staff were still having to dumb down the playbook to accomodate his inability to grasp much. His big arm had no value, due to the fact that nobody knew where he was going to throw it.
    He isn’t athletic. Could barely move around in the pocket.
    I saw many sacks where he looked like a tree being felled in slow motion.

    There’s no way this clown gets another shot. He was absolute crap the first time around.

  91. r8rnuck says: Apr 4, 2013 2:20 PM

    when jamarcus was drafted, it was not seen as a “stupid” pick…the culture that al had cultivated promoted poor behaviour/discipline amongst the scholarship recipients. not saying it was raiders fault he turned out the way he did but the system was not good for people who may not have had stronger inner discipline. not a hater; just trying to be fair. i saw the video of russell’s april 2013 comeback attempt video and dude is beyond thick…he is MASSIVE

  92. blacktoothgrinn says: Apr 4, 2013 2:21 PM

    briang123 says:
    Apr 4, 2013 1:40 PM
    Let’s review the list of QBs who are on their 3rd and 4th chances; Kolb, Fitzpatrick, Hasselback, Palmer, Hoyer. Now let’s look at the list of QBs being denied a second chance: Young, Russell. Hmmmm. The first list is all white guys. The second list are all African-Americans. Gee, I wonder why the difference in treatment? Oh well, at least Young and Russell could get into coaching….oh wait

    ___________________-

    This is a joke, right? Young was a mental case but still got 2nd and 3rd chances with the Eagles and Bills. Hasselback and Palmer have years of experience and while not elite, they were decent QBs in their prime. Pat White is getting a second chance. Russell was a complete waste of talent with zero work ethic and got on the purple drank. Stop the racist trolling BS.

  93. EJ says: Apr 4, 2013 2:21 PM

    I’d bring him in for training camp and give him a shot. You never know, people can change. Russell might have changed his mindset toward the sport. Back when he was drafted It didn’t seem that he cared much for the game or about winning. Money was his only attraction to the job. Now that he has grown up a little, maybe, just maybe he is ready to take the responsibility. We’ll find out soon enough.

  94. polarbroncofan says: Apr 4, 2013 2:22 PM

    If Russell actually does make a successful comeback – and that certainly looks to be a mighty big IF – it’ll be worthy of at least an ESPN movie.

  95. supesfan34 says: Apr 4, 2013 2:25 PM

    briang123 says:Apr 4, 2013 1:40 PM

    Let’s review the list of QBs who are on their 3rd and 4th chances; Kolb, Fitzpatrick, Hasselback, Palmer, Hoyer. Now let’s look at the list of QBs being denied a second chance: Young, Russell. Hmmmm. The first list is all white guys. The second list are all African-Americans. Gee, I wonder why the difference in treatment? Oh well, at least Young and Russell could get into coaching….oh wait

    ——————————————————–

    Vince Young has had three chances now. Dennis Dixon just got a second chance. Tarvaris jackson is working on his third chance. You were saying…..?

  96. souldogdave says: Apr 4, 2013 2:27 PM

    One play in particular epitomizes JaMarcus Russell. We had the ball, Elvis Dumerville broke thru and Russell looked about ready to void, as he lay down.

  97. cptkickurass says: Apr 4, 2013 2:31 PM

    ….at the Golden Corral

  98. bgm9876 says: Apr 4, 2013 2:33 PM

    get a chance with the bills and drop kolb.

  99. anicra says: Apr 4, 2013 2:34 PM

    “Let’s review the list of QBs who are on their 3rd and 4th chances; Kolb, Fitzpatrick, Hasselback [sic], Palmer, Hoyer.”

    How is Hasselbeck on his 3rd or 4th chance?
    Hasselbeck has been wanted since 2001. Most people do even know from 2004 to 2011, he led all QBs in redzone efficiency. (including ESPN’s lame QBR in 2011 for QBR in the redzone)

  100. pierrepoint1 says: Apr 4, 2013 2:36 PM

    Smith I can’t believe some of the things you write.

    Russell never attempted to the NFL until this year, by getting back into shape and working out to improve his skills.

    Whether or not another team decides to bring him in for a work-out is another matter.

  101. 1phd says: Apr 4, 2013 2:36 PM

    dublindemonszfl says:
    Apr 4, 2013 12:49 PM
    He likes sausage, Green Bay has a lot of sausage.
    ————————————–
    Not since Brett Favre left.

  102. citizenstrange says: Apr 4, 2013 2:36 PM

    I wonder if JaMarcus Russell could get a win in a home game of playoff like win or go home importance when the Steeler defense holds the Bengals to only 6 points.

    It seems like almost anyone could and yet …

  103. mizzousooner says: Apr 4, 2013 2:41 PM

    Once a Raider, always a Raider!

  104. dexterismyhero says: Apr 4, 2013 2:43 PM

    There will be a new ESPN show…..300-300!!!!!

  105. dallascowboys72 says: Apr 4, 2013 2:45 PM

    This guy came into the league with a terrible attitude am the work ethic of a dead cow. He deserved to be cut based these reasons and his awful stats. That being said, it is encouraging to see this guy changing his attitude and realizing that he is entitled to nothing. JaMarcus is working hard to come back and prove that he can be a quarterback that was worth such a high draft pick, and maybe some team will give him a well deserved opportunity.

  106. dougydougdoug says: Apr 4, 2013 2:45 PM

    I love it! “Once a Raider, always a Raider”.

  107. nardointhenati says: Apr 4, 2013 2:55 PM

    For the people saying the Saints should take a chance on JR because of geography and lack of a backup QB I just wanted to point out that they already signed a backup QB from Louisianna. Luke McCown….

  108. efriedo says: Apr 4, 2013 2:59 PM

    lambeauleaper says: Apr 4, 2013 12:20 PM

    “With the read-option craze going on, he might catch on with a team looking in that direction. The guys is still huge and can probably still bull over a couple of defenders.”

    ___________________

    You obviously have never see Jamarcus run. I think his 40 time was 7.8 seconds…

  109. kingdm8 says: Apr 4, 2013 2:59 PM

    I can honestly say that when this guy was at LSU I thought he was going to be a very good NFL QB. I saw him play in person and the way he could throw the ball down the field was spectacular. If he is truly dedicated to getting in shape and actually learning an offense this time around, I don’t see why a QB needy team wouldn’t give him a chance. He has obvious physical talents that most QBs don’t. Unfortunately, it seemed during his time with the Raiders that his talent only applied from the neck down.

  110. spinmovr says: Apr 4, 2013 3:05 PM

    NFL is the definition of a corporate sports environment. Brown nosing and politics drive it like any other company, it just doesn’t look like the silliness fans put up with at their corporate jobs.

    Detmers, Huards and now McCowns are prolific backup quarterback families because they’re corporate friendly. If you’re going to keep a talentless QB on your roster they don’t get to be expressive or dabble in anti-social behavior.

    Supposedly talented QBs who miss their full potential like Vince Young, J Russell, and Matt Leinart tend to have trouble becoming corporate friendly once it’s clear they won’t be stars. Hell of an ego adjustment has to happen.

    I’ve only seen Warner and Vick pull it off.

  111. pmp300300 says: Apr 4, 2013 3:10 PM

    He definitely deserves a 2nd chance. Plenty of teams are looking for a LT/RT or DT.

  112. taintedsaints2009 says: Apr 4, 2013 3:10 PM

    I could see the some of the few teams that don’t have an established qb or backup qb bring him in to contend for a third string spot. Preseason games are the only way he ever sees action again to prove he can do it.

    I’d like to think he actually has been working with somebody on his throwing for a couple years now, and isn’t just running around getting in shape. I don’t care how good of shape you’re in, you gotta throw well.

    The same goes for tim tebow. He better be working on throwing and nothing but throwing this offseason if he ever wants to play again. No more tire flipping tires to show off your muscles. That isn’t going to get you anywhere.

  113. jpaq68 says: Apr 4, 2013 3:11 PM

    This story has “Quarterback for the Buffalo Bills” written all over it.

  114. ilovefoolsball says: Apr 4, 2013 3:12 PM

    Who would you rather have on your team if you had to choose one:
    Tim Tebow or Jamarcus Russell?

  115. peytonsneck18 says: Apr 4, 2013 3:16 PM

    the redskins will sign him, hes already better than IRG3

  116. jimr10 says: Apr 4, 2013 3:27 PM

    How about trying at tight end… maybe you can catch better than you throw..

  117. jazzguitarwod says: Apr 4, 2013 3:32 PM

    I’m rooting for him. It would be a great story if he went from “biggest bust of all time” to one of the greatest NFL comeback stories of all time.

    The dude probably has battled addiction and was immature. Give him a second chance.

  118. seaeagle707 says: Apr 4, 2013 3:39 PM

    The teams that are on the skids these days are getting heat from their fans, and coaches are being shown the door much faster now, when they don’t produce. Why? Because the billionaire owners are feeling greater pressures these days, and are passing that downline to ALL of the companies they own. The coaches are passing it along to the players, upping the pressure on performance during OTA’s, practices and camps. Look at the bloodletting in Baltimore recently and the number of “names” on the move during free agency.

    Guys like Young and Russell, who left bad impressions of themselves behind will have it very tough, trying to convince any GM, to “give me another chance”. The execs are skeptical, wondering if what they really mean is, “give me another chance to dip into your bank account.”

    When all of the “legit” F/A’s have been signed, maybe (big if attached) the teams with needs will look at the wannabe returnees. Right now its the media that have the most interest in them.

  119. geniusesq says: Apr 4, 2013 3:40 PM

    “I want that Purple stuff baby.”

  120. descendency says: Apr 4, 2013 3:50 PM

    His physical tools will get him in the door, but will anyone keep him in the building? His work ethic will determine that.

  121. idealisticapathetic says: Apr 4, 2013 3:56 PM

    Rex Ryan wants to bring in JaMarcus to take a look at his feet.

  122. notwerk says: Apr 4, 2013 4:00 PM

    He’ll have his own cooler on the sideline. It will be grape-flavored, but it won’t be any form of Gatorade.

  123. crackrocksandotterpopz says: Apr 4, 2013 4:09 PM

    floraiders says: Apr 4, 2013 12:17 PM

    “He can be in shape all he wants, still can’t hit the ocean from the beach and still can’t read a defense .”

    Forget the ocean, he couldn’t he hit SAND from the beach. And forget reading defenses; he couldn’t read a compass. I hated that codeine sipping, hot-dog-neck-having, slurred talking, BIG-FOR-NOTHING sonofabitch. I mean really…a 6’6″ (hypothesis) 275 LB man who is built like a lineman, BUT GOES DOWN LIKE A ROUGHED PUNTER!!! It’s soooo hard to be a Raider fan and defend such fandom when good ol’ Al consistently gave the critics ammunition for their hatred such as incidents (*MISTAKES) such as JaMarshmellow Russell. Hey, they did get one thing right with him: assigning him the number 2: he certainly did play like SH!T while he was in Oakland. And to think we could’ve had Calvin Johnson….

    I am not one to show any ill will towards ayone, especially one that is trying to right his wrongs from the past. All I am saying is the chances of this guy getting a shot again, let alone succeeding anywhere, are about as good as Al Davis NOT wearing a jumpsuit to the annual Executive Offseason meetings.

    Knowing our luck, though, he will pull a fahking Kurt Warner on everyone and light it up….with someone I probably hate, too…like the Chargers.

  124. rununderrise says: Apr 4, 2013 4:15 PM

    The Seattle Seahawks have a reputation for bringing back players who are hungry for a second shot. Don’t be surprised if you see him backing up Russel Wilson next season.

  125. vikes69 says: Apr 4, 2013 4:15 PM

    id like the vikings to give him a shot, if it can finally mean we move webb to wr

  126. bwisnasky says: Apr 4, 2013 4:24 PM

    wesleyt4 says:
    Apr 4, 2013 1:12 PM
    And that scout should be fired immediately. That guy was the biggest bust in the history of busts. He obviously has already squandered his fortune and needs to pull a check somehow. Disaster waiting to happen. No thank you.

    —————————————-

    Actually, Ryan Leaf will still always be the biggest bust of all time because of what San Diego gave up to draft Leaf. The Raiders didn’t give up anything to get Russell but losing 14 of 16 games the year before. That said, I wish the kid luck. What many people, including Raider fans forget, is this kid’s only male role model that held him to any accountability was his uncle, who passed away after his rookie year. It killed the kid. I’m not saying he was perfect coming out of school, cause I was not among those that on draft day thought the Raiders got the best guy they could with the 1st pick. Overall, as good as “last year’s QB” class was, the class that the Raiders took Russell was the worst of ALL time. Don’t forget the number 2 guy was Brady Quinn….

    All that said, as a Raider fan myself, there were throws that you saw the dude make, such as the last second one to beat Denver in mile high that made your jaw drop. Don’t know that the kid will ever be able to put it all together, and right now 27 lbs is showing some effort, but I agree he’d have to get down to 240 or something before I’d give him a serious look. Even as a Raider fan, I don’t hate on the kid…. I actually hope he does straighten his life out and does get a true second chance.

  127. bwisnasky says: Apr 4, 2013 4:27 PM

    And to think we could’ve had Calvin Johnson….

    —————————————-

    With Andrew Walter throwing Calvin the ball.. something tells me Calvin’s numbers wouldn’t look as impressive….

  128. steelerben says: Apr 4, 2013 4:33 PM

    If he can get into shape and work with the right coach, he might have a chance at being serviceable.

    2007-2008 – Coaches: Lane Kiffin, Greg Knapp, John Difilipo
    2009 – Coaches: Tom Cable, Paul Hackett

    Not exactly talking about a group of coaches that are known for being QB gurus.

  129. possumsauce says: Apr 4, 2013 4:42 PM

    Wait, wait, you’re all missing the big picture here: does this mean we’ve discovered a cure for lethargy addiction?!?

  130. raiderbeat says: Apr 4, 2013 4:49 PM

    2 Out of 3 barbers agree…

  131. orivar says: Apr 4, 2013 4:51 PM

    He just went from 315 to 288, he’s serious.

    Also, “I am not one to show any ill will towards ayone, especially one that is trying to right his wrongs from the past. ”

    Yet you just said that you ‘hate’ a man that you don’t even know.

  132. myosin10 says: Apr 4, 2013 4:53 PM

    Ill give u a few teams who would take a shot at him for league min as a back up QB. SF, Car, Sea, Wash

  133. masterblaster78 says: Apr 4, 2013 4:55 PM

    This is an April Fools joke right? ha ha ha

  134. dcapettini says: Apr 4, 2013 4:57 PM

    The Ravens should bring him in, at least for training camp where you need 4 or 5 QBs. If he is any good, keep him on the practice squad. Joe Flacco is not going to go forever without getting hurt and Tyrod Taylor doesn’t fill me with confidence. I know that when the Ravens played the Raiders he made some big time throws. They lost the game, but that had more to do with their lousy defense than him.

  135. masterblaster78 says: Apr 4, 2013 4:59 PM

    If he lost 27 pounds, he better look in the back of him because it moved ha ha ha. I heard he want to play for the Vikings because of the color purple.

  136. thegonz13 says: Apr 4, 2013 5:13 PM

    Right… another shot of codeine syrup & Jolly Ranchers!

  137. ern215 says: Apr 4, 2013 5:24 PM

    he will be fine in the right offense, he had greg knapp as offensive coordinator, tom brady wouldnt succed in that system

  138. Jason Sheroan says: Apr 4, 2013 5:28 PM

    I think that if he got with the right team, with a coach that can work with him mentally and physically, he has as good a chance as anyone. The guy is a physical freak. And the Raiders aren’t exactly “cultivators of QB talent”. He was doomed from the get go with them. I think he would do well on a practice squad, then develop from there. If he starts to catch on, he could be a beastly backup no doubt.

  139. tformation says: Apr 4, 2013 5:58 PM

    ilovefoolsball says: Apr 4, 2013 3:12 PM

    Who would you rather have on your team if you had to choose one:
    Tim Tebow or Jamarcus Russell?

    Wow, great question!

    My first reaction is to say Tebow on raw skills, Tebow’s younger and has one playoff win. But man, what a distraction the Tebow fan legion was for Denver & NY to have him clamoring for him to start.

    Tough call. Flip a coin.

  140. radrntn says: Apr 4, 2013 6:26 PM

    mizzousooner says:
    Apr 4, 2013 2:41 PM
    Once a Raider, always a Raider!
    - – - – - – - – - — – –
    So true, but first you must be a raider. Just because you played on the raiders does not make you a raider. All true Raider fans, and true Raider players know exactly what I mean. Haters just know how to hate, but we love the hate.

    Go Raiders!

  141. jayquintana says: Apr 4, 2013 6:38 PM

    As long as you don’t give him guaranteed money, what’s the harm? Like Seattle with TO, don’t think it hurt them to have brought him in last year.

  142. FlyFromTheInside says: Apr 4, 2013 6:40 PM

    Cowboys?

  143. pats777 says: Apr 4, 2013 6:42 PM

    Russell > Sanchize & Tebow combined

  144. ranman1 says: Apr 4, 2013 6:50 PM

    leggitt17,

    As opposed to new school racist like yourself?

  145. prmpft says: Apr 4, 2013 7:01 PM

    WHY?! He SUCKS! Here’s a harsh reality kids – no matter what your politics are – everybody cannot play – everybody does not deserve a trophy – GASP!

  146. chazzmon says: Apr 4, 2013 7:13 PM

    Left tackle? Tackling dummy? Pain killer salesman? Not a QB.

  147. 2serioussully says: Apr 4, 2013 7:27 PM

    I think he’ll be brought in for tryout for curiosity sake, but I’m not certain he’s got the mental acuity, flexibility, toughness and leadership skills necessary to succeed as a quarterback In the NFL. It appeared on the whiteboard segment that Garcia was trying to pull Russell through molasses on those strategy questions. QBs without Russell’s raw talent can take a team all the way (e.g. Plunkett, Montana), but guys without mental/leadership qualities cannot.

  148. redstar504 says: Apr 4, 2013 9:12 PM

    Come to Houston or NOLA we got purple drank galore. You ain’t ever gonna play so get ya drank on.

  149. mullman76 says: Apr 4, 2013 10:24 PM

    That would be awesome.

    Go Raiders.

  150. deenognizer says: Apr 5, 2013 12:09 AM

    I have to admit, I was one of the idiots that thought he was going to be a stud in the NFL. Boy was I wrong and by no means am I a Rada fan, but I hope Ja-Marshmallow does come back. There is a good video of his regimen on Bleacher Report via the TEST Football Academy.

  151. crackrocksandotterpopz says: Apr 5, 2013 4:18 AM

    bwisnasky says: Apr 4, 2013 4:27 PM

    And to think we could’ve had Calvin Johnson….

    —————————————-

    With Andrew Walter throwing Calvin the ball.. something tells me Calvin’s numbers wouldn’t look as impressive….
    ———————————
    LOL…I literally was thinking the same thing as I read your comment. That thought popped in my head a couple hours ago. To be honest, what’s to say that Walter wouldn’t have done a bit better had he had himself an OFFENSIVE LINE (not Barry Sims, Kwame Harris and Robert Gallery false starting or holding jersey every OTHER down…and when they weren’t doing that they efficiently played the role of TURNSTYLE…) and a RB that was SOMEWHAT of a threat…something Dominic Rhodes and–although I always had love for him–Justin Fargas weren’t.

    And on the topic of RBs that year, FORGET the idea of Megatron that year…ADRIAN PETERSON got picked what…3 picks later? Imagine if we had him; at the same time, however, it all goes back to that LAME ass O-line they had that year. I don’t care if you are the second coming of the guy who trained Barry Sanders…you go nowhere without a line…which they didn’t have. AND if you couple that with the “Offensive Genius” (EMPHASIZE on the quotation marks…) Gregg “I dunno what Im doing” Knapp running a lazy ass WC offense with A CANNON armed QB (and same case with Walter, he had quite a rocket, last I recalled…) you have the recipie for mediocrity; and saying it was mediocre is being euphemistic. All in all really, the 2007-08 season was one of the worst I have seen. I don’t know which was worse: this last year, THAT year or 2005-06…the Kerry Collins/Randy “iron skillet hands” Moss/Amos Zeroue years (I believe that was the year, I am not sure, but if I am wrong, I am sure SOMEONE will correct me.) I think that was the same year we had the pleasure of seeing the master of the BED AND BREAKFAST (ya know, cause that’s one of the prerequisite credentials one looks for first when selecting their OFFENSIVE COORDINATOR) running SEVEN STEP DROPBACKS like this was the goddamned 60s. Awesome.

    …headaches, Al. SPLITTING headaches, you put us through over this last decade…if not the last TWO decades. And your spirit is still tormenting this franchise to this day. I love you to death, AL and my you ALWAYS rest in peace, but PHUCKK you for all of this.

    also…

    orivar says: Apr 4, 2013 4:51 PM

    He just went from 315 to 288, he’s serious.

    Also, “I am not one to show any ill will towards ayone, especially one that is trying to right his wrongs from the past. ”

    Yet you just said that you ‘hate’ a man that you don’t even know.
    ———————————————-

    The fact he has to drop from 315 to 288–which is NOT the average size for a “mobile” QB (if you can call him that…) and I don’t care how you analyze it–is a telling sign. He was 300+ when he first left the NFL; how long has he been planning this comeback…a couple months? He has had six years to condition himself back to reasonable size, yet he is JUST NOW dropping weight? What’s to say he wont just balloon back to “fat ass status” once again when he gets a chance to get back on the field. I think he is just tired of being broke and jobless, and he realized how badly he phukked off a GOLDEN opportunity which is rarely afforded to anyone. Too bad. He didn’t care AT ALL when he played for Oakland. IMO, he didn’t care at LSU; he simply pushed himself to have ONE great game in the Sugar Bowl that year…and THAT was against Brady Quinn…what does that tell you? And if anyone thinks I am talking out my ass, well then, answer this…what was Russell’s draft stock looking like PRIOR to the Sugar Bowl? If memory serves me correct, QUINN was getting a majority of the notoriety that year, and I think Drew Stanton was in that class that year (which BTW, was the QB I wanted them to draft that year, in the second round…after we selected Megatron.) JaMarcus’ stock didn’t rise until after his performance in the Sugar Bowl. (and If I am off about which Bowl game it was that he was in, someone please notify me about it, but don’t be a troll about it…)

    And I will give you the remark about me proclaiming hatred for JaMarcus; that was said out of heat of the moment….seriously, when I was typing that comment, I got angrier and angrier every time I thought about that phukking guy going down for a sack by a FS what happened to simply wrap one of his legs at the knee, OR whenever he “attempted” a pass, only for it to fall incomplete…as it bounces off of the Left Tackle hamstring area. Jeezus…honestly, THAT’s what I hated about him: his lack of effort was despicable. And what I hated MOST about him was his complete stance of apathy for the situation he was in. Rather that trying to improve his situation by working at it (i.e. watching game tape; speaking to his coaches about the game plans; talking to your O-Line…and when I mean “talk”, I mean CHASTISE; ditto for your RBs…) you see him at Andre Ward (a native of Oakland, fighting IN Oakland, AT the Oracle Arena, WHICH is across from his field of play…) boxing matches, chilling with a fat cigar hanging out his mouth, half leaning in his seat (cause, cigars and lean is a breakfast of goddamn champions…) You mean to tell me you can attend a fight in the SAME city you play in, yet you can’t take you fat ass across the way and put some work in for the people that PAID you the HUGE contract you have, enabling you to go to that fight in the first place? Wow.

    THESE things are what I hate(d) about him…his attitude. I cant say I hate another man as a MAN himself, but I can say I DESPISED his work ethic.

    …but, you got me anyway. Maybe I should word my comments more properly. Touche…and I am not trying to be a sarcastic bastard.

  152. bigalhebdman says: Apr 5, 2013 8:11 AM

    JeForkedus Russell really set the raiders back a few notches…or was it Al Davis for ignoring his braintrusts and drafting him anyway with the 1st pick?

  153. skinsfaninnebraska says: Apr 5, 2013 10:33 AM

    LOL, amazing how PFT commenters are over-reacting all over the place. Again.

    Look, lots of teams go into camp with 4 QB’s, knowing that one or two of them are probably just camp-fodder anyway.

    So, what’s it going to hurt a team with some cap-space to sign a guy like Russell to a veteran-minimum deal, bring him into camp, and see if he’s got anything?

    “Good chance he gets a second shot” is NOTHING like saying “Good chance he gets handed a starting job.”

  154. therealpittbull says: Apr 5, 2013 1:51 PM

    I hope this guy gets another chance. Everyone should be given the opportunity to come back, when they fail to achieve. Nothing wrong with falling, just failing to get back up.

  155. Mike Long says: Apr 6, 2013 3:43 PM

    ilovefoolsball says: Apr 4, 2013 3:12 PM

    Who would you rather have on your team if you had to choose one:
    Tim Tebow or Jamarcus Russell?

    ————-

    And here’s the irony…

    Which one has had a 300 yard passing game in the NFL?

    It isn’t the one with the “million dollar arm”.

    I’d want the one who actually cares about football (the game) as opposed to football (the money) and wants to be good.

    And at this moment in time, that’s still Tebow, as much as it pains me to say it.

  156. txnative61 says: Apr 9, 2013 2:16 AM

    I try to think like a GM considering giving him another chance. He burned the Raiders big time for substantial bucks, then burned through much of the money laying around his home town getting fat and impressing his homeys. There are “sleeper” QB’s in the draft and the CFL that are working very hard for the same chance, that will never sniff the kind of money he already got, and would probably spend it frugally. I wouldn’t want to be the next burn victim, regardless of potential. A few years in the Canadian Football League, and win a Grey Cup or two, then we’ll talk.

  157. spinmovr says: Apr 11, 2013 7:30 PM

    I don’t think him being in shape, NOT drinking drank or any of the other lifestyle choices would’ve helped Russell complete passes on 3rd down consistently. That’s all I needed him to do.

    Drop back, read the defense, step into the pass and deliver a catchable ball. I’m not willing to correlate how he altered his mind in his free time or how big his ass got to his abilities to play QB. Leftwich is tubby, Fouts was too and Namath is one of my party-time idols. Those dudes could throw that thang though and that’s all that mattered.

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