JaMarcus Russell | QB
Posted: 7/3/2013 10:02am et
The Oakland Raiders are paying former QB JaMarcus Russell close to $3 million in a settlement over his disputed rookie contract, league sources said Tuesday, July 2. He had been paid $36.4 million and was still owed $3 million at the time of his release. The team filed a grievance against Russell, seeking repayment of $9.55 million in salary advances, and Russell filed a grievance of his own, saying he was owed an additional $9 million.
Huddle Up: Regardless of the final number, Russell offered little return on the Raiders' investment. Let's see if he remains motivated for a comeback after coming up with another $3 million to live off of.
Posted: 6/4/2013 11:51pm et
The Chicago Bears will work out free agent QB JaMarcus Russell (Raiders) Friday, June 7, along with three other quarterbacks.
Huddle Up: The Bears claim the workout will be for "information-gathering purposes," but it also must be noted that the Ravens also are reportedly interested in kicking the tires on the the slimmed-down former No. 1 overall pick, who hasn't taken an NFL regular-season snap since 2009.
Posted: 5/29/2013 5:36pm et
Free-agent QB JaMarcus Russell has dropped 50 pounds down to 265 pounds, the weight he carried when he made noise at the 2007 NFL Scouting Combine. There's reportedly "significant interest" in the failed prospect by more than one team, per NFL.com's Ian Rapoport. Russell wants to sign somewhere where he can sit on the bench and learn from a respected QB. If he can't find a home in the next 30 to 45 days, he'd be open to signing with a team from the Canadian Football League, from where he's also received some inquiries.
Huddle Up: You know where this is heading: a pay-per-view reality show featuring Russell and Tim Tebow competing in a variety of athletic challenges, with the winner earning a spot on the Jaguars' training camp roster. C'mon, you know you'd watch.
Posted: 4/11/2013 11:38pm et
Updating previous reports, the Arizona Cardinals said they have no interest in free-agent QB JaMarcus Russell.
Huddle Up: Hard to believe, but teams aren't falling all over themselves trying to sign a QB with a career rating of 65.2 who hasn't taken an NFL snap since 2009.
Posted: 4/4/2013 4:46pm et
An NFL scout believes free-agent QB JaMarcus Russell (Raiders) will be invited to a team's camp this season.
Huddle Up: Despite whatever promise Russell still might have, he hasn't thrown an NFL pass since 2009 and certainly didn't show many signs of progress in his 3 seasons with the Silver & Black.
Posted: 2/13/2013 11:44am et
Free-agent QB JaMarcus Russell has begun training with former NFL QB Jeff Garcia at TEST Football Academy in San Diego in hopes of making a comeback.
Huddle Up: At last report Russell was north of 300 pounds, so there's a lot of work to be done before he's in NFL shape. Don't hold your breath waiting for him to get back to The League.
Posted: 1/23/2013 11:06am et
Free-agent QB JaMarcus Russell believes he can make a return to the NFL, despite currently weighing 308 pounds. Russell has been working out for the last six weeks in an attempt to get back in shape and return to the field. "It's going to feel good to go back out there again. I will make this happen," Russell said.
Huddle Up: At 308, Russell could take a couple steps forward and line up at center for most teams. Not saying he won't make it back from his tremendous fall from grace, but you can find better odds on "Tyler Perry's Good Deeds" besting "Lincoln" for the Academy Award than on Russell returning to the NFL.