Someone is finally willing to give JaMarcus Russell a chance.
According to Michael Wright of ESPNChicago.com, the Bears are going to give Russell a tryout Friday, bringing him in along with three other quarterbacks.
The report mentioned many other players were coming in, which makes it sound like the normal offseason emergency list-updating cattle call that many teams have.
But Russell’s place as one of the biggest busts in draft history will make this one unique.
There have been vague rumors of interest, but nothing prior to this to suggest anyone took his comeback seriously enough to buy him a plane ticket.
Bears coach Marc Trestman has enough of an outside-the-box approach that it shouldn’t come as a total surprise. Russell’s talent was unmistakable, but it wasn’t his football ability that kept him out of the league this long.