The "very exploratory, informal discussions" were probably just that. And then they moved on.
As an Oakland Raiders fan I can say with without a doubt that Russell was a huge disappointment during his brief career.
He had zero desire to be an NFL quarterback, and it showed on the field. His work ethic was almost non-existent.
And when you add in his issues with purple drank, lean, sizzurp or whatever else you want to call it, Russell's chances for success in the NFL were low to say the least.
Of course you also have to look at the Raiders organization as a whole during the time Russell was in Oakland.
The Raiders had a poor coaching staff and a front office that was the laughingstock of the league.
There just wasn't anyone in place either on or off the field to help Russell develop as a player and to make sure he wasn't doing anything off the field that would slow his development.
While as a Raiders fan I was disappointed in Russell, at the time I said that if he had proper coaching and a true desire to be an NFL player he probably would have been a decent quarterback.
I believe that almost anyone deserves a second chance if they have a true desire to succeed. And I think Russell deserves a second chance, if he is willing to work hard.
If Russell is willing to put in what I call "Peyton Manning" hours to improve as a player, I say give him the chance.
That means getting into the best physical shape possible, watch countless hours of game film with members of the coaching staff, and work hard to be a good person off the field as well.
That also includes no purple drank, no alcohol or other substances that would hinder his development on the field
If Russell truly wants to succeed and is willing to put in the countless hours that would be necessary to redeem himself, he just might do okay.
And he would come cheap. He wouldn't get the big contract he did with the Raiders.
If the only reason Russell is considering a comeback is because he has spent all the money he received from the Raiders, then of course it wouldn't work.
However, if he is willing to play for a minimum salary, with perhaps some incentive clauses thrown in, then it might show that he truly wants to succeed.
If I were the GM of an NFL team and I knew I had a good coaching staff in place, and if after sitting with Russell for several hours I felt he had a burning desire to succeed as a player, I just might give him that chance.
Of course I would only do it if he came dirt cheap.
Russell most likely will not become a member of the Jets.
However, if Russell is really serious about redeeming himself and his career, and is given the chance by an NFL team, Jets fans just might wish he had.