Conor Orr of the Newark Star-Ledger is reporting that the New york Jets have some very exploratory, informal discussions about acquiring former Oakland Raiders QB JaMarcus Russell. The discussions have been fairly recent.
JaMarcus Russell was the #1 overall picks in the 2007 NFL Draft. As soon as the season started, Russell was undoubtedly terrible. He wasn’t what a lot of experts thought he could be. He is widely known as the biggest bust in NFL draft history. Russell has been out of the NFL since 2009, and he has gained a massive amount of weight in his time off. He is currently 308 pounds after being 265 pounds coming into the NFL. However, the Jets are interested in the quarterback.
Even though most people are ready to dismiss this completely, this is a move that makes some sense to me. I’m not suggesting that the Jets make Russell the starting quarterback, but there is no harm or foul in bringing Russell in for a workout and see what he can do. If he appears to be a serviceable quarterback and if you’re sure he’s not going to cause problems in the locker room, there’s no reason you should’t get him. The Jets will probably be without Tim Tebow when the season starts and they could even be without Mark Sanchez. There’s no problem with having JaMarcus Russell in a backup role.