JaMarcus Russell will get his first official chance at a comeback this week when he works out with the Chicago Bears.
The former Oakland Raiders quarterback has dropped over 50 pounds in an attempt to get back into professional football playing shape. NFL.com reports that Russell’s commitment to return to his 265 lb playing weight has reportedly intrigued Bears quarterback coach Marc Trestman who is looking for a reliable backup behind Jay Cutler.
The Bears currently have Josh McCown and Matt Blanchard on the bench behind Cutler but the Bears are reportedly interested in bringing a fourth quarterback to training camp.
ESPN reports that the Bears would also be a good fit for Russell. The former No.1 draft pick reportedly wants to sign as a backup behind a veteran quarterback. If Russell goes to the Bears, he’d get to study behind Cutler and Trestman, who is one of the most respected QB coaches in the league.
The Baltimore Ravens are also interested in watching Russell workout.
Russell entered the NFL as the No.1 pick in 2007 but only managed to stay in the league for 25 starts. He played his last game in the NFL in 2009. Russell received more than $30 million for his three seasons in Oakland but couldn’t find a job after his release.
Here’s a video about JaMarcus Russell’s comeback. Do you think the former Raiders QB will find a job in the NFL?