Wednesday, June 5, 2013

JaMarcus Russell Comeback

JaMarcus Russell might be returning to the NFL.

According to ESPN, he has a workout scheduled for Friday with the Chicago Bears.  Russell, a former number one overall pick, is regarded as one of the biggest busts in NFL history.  However, reports state that he has lost a lot of weight and is in very good shape.

In my opinion, I think that signing Russell could be a good idea.  A team could get him for cheap, and he would be a low risk and high reward signing.  He has an extremely strong arm and is able to make all of the NFL throws.  Furthermore, you could sign him for a one year contract and get rid of him if he doesn't work out.

He could come in as a back-up quarterback with no pressure to perform.  Moreover, he would benefit greatly from learning from a veteran quarterback, like Jay Cutler.  Also, the new Bears coach, Marc Trestman, is an excellent quarterback coach and could play a big role in reviving Russell's career.

The worst case scenario is that it doesn't work out and you release him after one year, with minimal damage.

Ultimately, in a quarterback driven league, it can't hurt to take a shot on a guy with first round talent.

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