If we evaluate JaMarcus Russell based on his three years in the NFL, he would be unanimously regarded as the biggest bust in NFL history.
That being said, NFL teams have never avoided giving second chances to talented players. Although his first three seasons aren't indicative of a budding prospect, there's no doubt that JaMarcus Russell's natural ability is worthy of a second chance.
When JaMarcus gets his second chance, the biggest question will be whether he has the motivation required to become an NFL caliber quarterback.
JaMarcus Russell wouldn't be the only first overall selection to rebound from a disastrous introduction to the NFL. Jim Plunkett, first overall selection by the New England Patriots in 1971, struggled with his first and second team, before leading the Raiders to two Super Bowls.
If a team is looking to add JaMarcus Russell, the coaching staff will need to be in the market for a project.
Marty Mornhinweg and Andy Reid have worked with Kevin Kolb for three seasons. Now that he is ready to take over as their starter, the Eagles could be in the market for another developmental prospect.
Reid and Mornhinweg have never shied away from a promising prospect and with Vick likely to seek out greener pastures in 2011, the Eagles are in need of depth at quarterback.
Bill Polian is widely regarded as one of the best general managers in the history of the league. He has an unrivaled ability for finding talent and selecting players who will succeed with his team.
Polian and the Colts aren't known for taking chances on “problem players,” but JaMarcus Russell could be an exception.
There's no chance that JaMarcus Russell could ever replace Peyton Manning, but if some of Manning's knowledge and work ethic could rub-off on Russell, he would be a much more attractive target for trade.
In starting for one season under Bill Belichick, Matt Cassel went from a career backup to signing a $63 million dollar contract with the Kansas City Chiefs.
In that deal, the Patriots received the 34th overall selection in return for Cassel. For that reason alone, I think it's reasonable for the Patriots to target Russell.
Matt Cassel hadn't been a number one quarterback since high school, so transforming JaMarcus Russell should be a piece of cake.
Although it would take several years of coaching, it's not impossible to think that the Patriots could turn Russell into a late-round draft pick. For Belichick and the Patriots, that should make it worth the risk.
Hamilton owns the signing rights for JaMarcus Russell, should he decide to revive his career north of the border.
Russell's big arm, size and mobility lend favorably to the CFL. He wouldn't become a starter from the on-set, but Hamilton tumultuous quarterback situation would open the door for an opportunity for Russell.
Kevin Glenn and Quinton Porter were equally inconsistent last year. Glenn will begin the season as the starter, but he will always leave the door open for someone else to take over.
Marcel Bellefeuille has had a short but successful career as a head coach. In 2009, Bellefeuille made a name for himself by getting the most out of his players and led the Ti-Cats to their first playoff berth in over a decade.
The CFL would be a great place for JaMarcus to regain some confidence in himself, while regaining the confidence of general managers in the NFL.
If JaMarcus Russell couldn't find the motivation to keep a roster spot in Oakland, it's unlikely that he will ever be motivated enough to earn a roster spot.
Having signed a $68 million dollar contract, Russell has already “earned” enough money to retire comfortably.
Barring complete financial catastrophe, JaMarcus will never need to play another down.
Why would he move to Canada to play football or spend years in the film room, weight room, and on the practice field?
Being 50 pounds overweight and with more money than most of us could ever dream of, I don't see a realistic situation where JaMarcus Russell becomes a relevant player in the NFL.