JaMarcus Russell is arguably the greatest draft bust in NFL history, and he is a longshot to land back in the league after being out three years.
But Russell will get a look on Friday when the Chicago Bears will put him through a tryout, according to ESPN Chicago. Russell, the No. 1 overall pick in 2007 by the Oakland Raiders, has been out of the league since May 2010. Remember, he was the big-armed underperformer at the center of the battle between owner Al Davis and ex-Raiders coach Lane Kiffin.
Russell was nothing short of terrible during his stint in Oakland, recording a 7-18 record as a starter while pocketing close to $39 million. But Russell, who has ballooned to more than 300 pounds, has reportedly lost close to 50 pounds and it is serious about a comeback bid that became public in January.
The Chicago Tribune reports the Bears will also bring in Trent Edwards and Jordan Palmer on Friday for a look. The team has three quarterbacks with Josh McCown and Matt Blanchard behind starter Jay Cutler. It is likely the team is just doing some homework to see what is available in case a need arises.
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