Jets Reportedly Interested in Free Agent QB JaMarcus Russell

Ryan RudnanskySenior Writer IJanuary 29, 2013

The New York Jets are reportedly looking at former Oakland Raiders quarterback JaMarcus Russell, according to Conor Orr of The Star-Ledger.

UPDATE: Tuesday, Jan. 29, at 2:06 p.m. ET by Tyler Conway

Well, it looks like Russell won't be headed to the Big Apple, after all. According to Conor Orr of The Star-Ledger, the Jets have no interest in signing the former Oakland Raiders No. 1 pick:

According to a person with knowledge of the Jets plans, there is no interest in JaMarcus Russell. We wrote down below that recently, members of the organization engaged in very informal discussions regarding the QB.

With Mark Sanchez and Tim Tebow both question marks heading into the offseason, something tells me this isn't the last we've heard from the Jets' quarterbacking situation. 

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The Jets currently have three quarterbacks on the roster—starter Mark Sanchez, the polarizing Tim Tebow and 2011 seventh-round draft pick Greg McElroy. According to ESPN New York, per Orr, the Jets spent "a significant amount of time" scouting North Carolina State quarterback Mike Glennon at the Senior Bowl this year.

Russell, of course, was the No. 1 overall pick in the 2007 draft. The 27-year-old lasted three seasons in the NFL before being released by the Raiders in May 2010, and he hasn't been heard from since. He tried out for the Washington Redskins and Miami Dolphins in November 2010, but questions about his work ethic and his weight have hurt his chances of returning to the league. 

But it's frankly not a surprise that the dysfunctional franchise that is the New York Jets would entertain bringing back Russell when no one else will lay a finger on him. For one, the Jets traded for Tebow last offseason, which has turned out to be a disaster complete with its fair share of distractions. Two, the fact that the Jets have Tebow as a backup may even make Russell look enticing to them.

As Pete Prisco of deadpanned on Monday:

Jets exploring JaMarcus Russell. At 315 pounds, he is still a better QB than Tebow.

— Pete Prisco (@PriscoCBS) January 29, 2013

The Jets are coming off of a 6-10 campaign after going 8-8 in 2011. They haven't made the playoffs since making it to the AFC Championship Game during the 2010 season, and Rex Ryan's decision to stay loyal to Sanchez has been questioned by more than a few people.

The Jets need all the help that they can get at this point, so it's only natural that they would begin scanning the horizon for any glimpse of potential. 

But Russell hasn't flashed anything resembling potential since being drafted in 2007, and it's unlikely that the Jets will magically catch lightning in a bottle pursuing one of the biggest busts in NFL history.


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