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.