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JaMarcus Russell | Quarterback

Team: Unsigned Free Agent
Age / DOB:  (30) / 8/9/1985
Ht / Wt:  6'6' / 260
College: LSU
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CBS Sports' Bruce Feldman saw free agent QB JaMarcus Russell at a hotel near LSU Saturday morning and said Russell "looked like an offensive tackle."
Russell has always been a big guy, but this suggests his attempt at a comeback is over. The 28-year-old trained hard last offseason in hopes of getting another chance in the NFL. A knee injury and constant weight issues quickly derailed that. The odds we see Russell play in the NFL again are as long as they get. Sat, Nov 23, 2013 12:08:00 PM

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NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports free agent QB JaMarcus Russell is still working on his weight and battling a knee issue.

Russell just can't stay in shape and is missing a golden opportunity with so many quarterbacks battling injuries this season. The longer it takes the former No. 1 overall pick to get in shape, the longer the odds become that he'll ever get another chance in the NFL. Russell turned 28 years old in August.
Mon, Oct 21, 2013 07:51:00 PM

ESPN's Adam Schefter reported on Sunday Countdown that the Titans reached out to free agent JaMarcus Russell this past week.

Russell turned them down because he's currently rehabbing a knee injury, but it's clear there's at least some level of NFL interest in the biggest bust in league history. Russell's comeback is not over, and Schefter predicted he still has a good chance of resurfacing in the pros before the season is up. The Titans have quarterback interest after losing Jake Locker (hip, knee).
Sun, Oct 6, 2013 10:46:00 AM

FOX Sports reports free agent JaMarcus Russell is struggling again with weight control and has also experienced "swelling" in one of his knees.

While Matt Leinart and Trent Edwards are getting signed, Russell remains on the street due to weight and knee woes. He needs to show he can consistently keep himself under 300 pounds for any team to take a serious shot. Russell was the No. 1 overall pick in the 2007 NFL draft. He turned 28 earlier this month.
Source: FOX Sports
Sun, Aug 25, 2013 09:38:00 PM

The Raiders have settled a grievance with free agent JaMarcus Russell over his rookie contract, reportedly agreeing to pay out $3 million.

The Raiders alleged after Russell's May 2010 release that he owed the team $9.55 million as part of a prior restructuring, but Russell quickly struck back with a counter-grievance, saying he was owed an additional $9 million. The sides had been set to go to court. Russell's "comeback" has been treading water after he worked out for the Bears early last month.
Tue, Jul 2, 2013 08:43:00 PM

A recent photo posted by TEST performance academy shows free agent JaMarcus Russell has indeed shed a large amount of weight since beginning his comeback attempt in the late winter.

The picture is accessible at the below link. Russell was said to have begun his comeback in the 310-315 pound range. During his June 7 workout at the Bears' facility, Russell reportedly weighed in at 267. In the below photo, he looks even slimmer than that. We suspect Russell's chances of being signed by an NFL team before or during training camp are slightly better than 50:50.
Source: USA Today
Fri, Jun 21, 2013 01:16:00 PM

Updating a previous item, the Ravens do not have a workout scheduled with free agent JaMarcus Russell.

Russell was apparently under the impression he'd visit the Ravens next, following his Bears tryout. Nothing has been finalized yet. Still, it's a good sign for Russell's football future that his name is making the rounds again. He's got his weight down to 267 pounds and multiple teams are showing interest.
Mon, Jun 10, 2013 03:13:00 PM

According to ESPN's Ed Werder, free agent JaMarcus Russell believes he'll soon work out for the Ravens.

Russell reportedly made the disclosure at last Friday's Bears tryout. As was the case with Chicago, we doubt Russell would be working out for the Ravens with an eye toward a contract, but instead an addition to their emergency list. Getting workouts is just the first step in Russell's long-shot comeback bid.
Mon, Jun 10, 2013 11:01:00 AM

Free agent JaMarcus Russell weighed 267 pounds at his Bears workout Friday.

For points of reference, Russell measured 6-foot-5 1/2, 265 at the 2007 NFL Scouting Combine. He was supposedly 311 pounds when his comeback began. While ESPN's Chris Mortensen reports Russell will not be signed by the Bears, the weigh-in at least confirms Russell is serious about his comeback attempt. Russell's trainer, Jeff Garcia, says JaMarcus is willing to take his talents to Canada if no NFL teams want to sign the 27-year-old.
Fri, Jun 7, 2013 03:36:00 PM

The Bears are reportedly using Friday's JaMarcus Russell workout merely to update their emergency list.

Russell isn't going to come out of the workout with a contract. The Bears are reportedly "very pleased" with backups Josh McCown/Matt Blanchard, and are not looking to add a fourth quarterback. Teams are always bringing in street free agents for workouts so they can be ready to pounce in case injuries strike.
Wed, Jun 5, 2013 08:27:00 AM's Ian Rapoport reports free agent JaMarcus Russell's Friday workout with the Bears is expected to be more of an "information gathering" session than final step before a contract.

It makes sense, as Russell hasn't put anything on tape since January 2010. It's a minor miracle Russell has found a team that's even willing to "gather information" on him. According to USA Today, Russell is also drawing interest from the Ravens, but Profootballtalk reports that's not the case.
Tue, Jun 4, 2013 07:30:00 PM

USA Today reports free agent QB JaMarcus Russell is drawing a "significant amount of interest" from the Ravens in addition to the Bears.

Let's get the party started. Teams must actually like what they're seeing/hearing from the No. 1 overall pick of the 2007 draft, whose last NFL pass came in January 2010. Still only 28 (in August), Russell's booming arm is the stuff of legends, but so is his terrible work ethic and off-the-field issues. He'd have to show extremely well in camp to get a crack at a 53-man roster spot.
Source: USA Today
Tue, Jun 4, 2013 05:37:00 PM

ESPN Chicago reports the Bears will work out free agent QB JaMarcus Russell on Friday.

It would appear reports of Russell drawing interest haven't been totally agent-driven, after all. Per's Ian Rapoport, Bears coach Marc Trestman is "intrigued" by the former/current colossal draft bust. The Bears will still work out "three other signal callers," however. Russell has a long way to go before he cracks someone's training camp roster, let alone 53-man roster. It remains extremely unlikely that he will. His only shot will be landing with an outside-the-box thinker like Trestman.
Tue, Jun 4, 2013 04:19:00 PM

Free agent JaMarcus Russell is reportedly "more than open" to signing with a CFL team if he doesn't get an NFL chance in the next 30 to 45 days.

Russell has shed 50 pounds, returning to the 265 mark he entered the league at way back in 2007. NFL Network's Ian Rapoport says more than one NFL team now has "significant" interest, but added that there's plenty of interest from the CFL. Russell, who made roughly $39 million during three seasons with the Raiders, has clearly been humbled. He's being tutored by Jeff Garcia and Marshall Faulk, and is on the way to finally shedding his well-deserved "lazy" label.
Wed, May 29, 2013 09:27:00 AM's Ian Rapoport reports free agent QB JaMarcus Russell is garnering significant interest from "more than one" team.

Rapoport explains no team wants to be associated with Russell at this point due to the circus-like atmosphere it would create. Russell has moved his training to Florida and hired Eugene Parker to represent him as he attempts to complete his comeback.
Tue, May 28, 2013 08:58:00 PM

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