Russell will continue his attempt at a comeback by trying out for the Super Bowl champion Baltimore Ravens, according to Ed Werder of ESPN:
While working out for the Bears last week, JaMarcus Russell told people he has an upcoming tryout with the SB champion Ravens.— Ed Werder (@Edwerderespn) June 10, 2013
The Ravens already have a trio of quarterbacks on their active roster, most notably Super Bowl MVP Joe Flacco, who signed a monster extension in March. Baltimore could, however, be looking to replace either Caleb Hanie or Tyrod Taylor; Taylor saw minimal duty in 2012, while Hanie didn't attempt a pass.
Werder’s report comes a week after Russell tried out for the Chicago Bears. Michael C. Wright of ESPN Chicago reported that the workout with Chicago went well and Russell drew positive reviews. Wright also noted that Russell showed a “big arm” and a “good positive demeanor.”
Chris Mortensen of ESPN reported later in the week that the Bears had no intentions of signing the former No. 1 overall pick, but the tryout was a positive showing for Russell regardless:
Bears had no plans to sign any of 3 QBs working out today but Jamarcus Russell did weigh in at 267 lbs. Good for him, regardless.— Chris Mortensen (@mortreport) June 7, 2013
Russell has been determined to make it back into the NFL, and he has been training and working with former NFL quarterback Jeff Garcia for the last several months. He has lost more than 40 pounds throughout the process, which is just one way he’s trying to show teams that he’s serious about getting his NFL career back on track.
Bleacher Report has been tracking his progress along the way, profiling his journey from former No. 1 pick to free agent to potentially back to the NFL again.
It seems as if Russell’s hard work is starting to pay off. With one workout complete—although no contract offer is expected—and one to go, things are looking up for the 27-year-old quarterback.
Russell hasn’t played in a game in the NFL since 2009, when he was with the Oakland Raiders. In three seasons with the team, the former LSU Tiger completed 354 of 680 passes (52.1 percent) for 4,083 yards with 18 touchdowns and 23 interceptions.