The top pick of the 2007 NFL Draft, and someone who many consider to be the biggest bust in NFL history, now wants back into the league. JaMarcus Russell, the former LSU star and Oakland Raider quarterback is attempting to make a comeback. Could the Dallas Cowboys organization be his perfect landing spot?
The 27 year-old Russell is working with former NFL wide receiver and LSU alumni Mike Clayton to get back into game shape. He’s also scheduled to work with many different trainers including former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Jeff Garcia and NFL Hall of Fame running back Marshall Faulk.
The 6’6 framed Russell is currently tipping the scales at 308 lbs. He’s claimed he has lost 12 lbs. since beginning his quest. But it’s not just being out of shape which could further complicate his comeback. In July of 2010, Russell was arrested for possession of codeine syrup without a prescription.
During his three year career as the quarterback for the Raiders, Russell recorded 18 touchdowns and 23 interceptions. His career completion percentage was 52.1, racking up 4,083 passing yards with a quarterback rating of 65.2. He lists his reasons for wanting to return to the NFL as a rekindled love of the game and that he wants to prove to people that he is not “a bust”.
The Cowboys currently have quarterbacks Tony Romo and Kyle Orton very much entrenched on the roster. Romo is in his final contract year and it is expected that the Cowboys will attempt to sign him to an extension before the end of the season. Hi back-up, Orton, is in the second year of a three year deal.
Russell would have to compete for the third string quarterback position on the team’s depth chart. He could potentially be seen by owner and general manager Jerry Jones as a future project who wouldn’t even see the field for at least two years. That might be exactly what Russell needs at this point. Sitting under two great veterans and learning the system, much like former Cowboy quarterback Stephen McGee did before being released last year. McGee has subsequently been signed by the Houston Texans.
But would having Russell on the roster be too much of a distraction for the fragile Cowboys? Or perhaps even unhealthy for a roster of players who have seen their fair share of negative publicity recently. Place your vote below and feel free to respond on our comment section.