JaMarcus Russell Tries Out for Redskins: When Will the Speculation End?

Josh McCainSenior Writer INovember 2, 2010

OAKLAND, CA - JANUARY 03:  JaMarcus Russell #2 of the Oakland Raiders walks off the field against the Baltimore Ravens during an NFL game at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum on January 3, 2010 in Oakland, California.  (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)
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Whether it's on 106.7 The Fan in Washington, D.C., Pro Football Talk or even here on Bleacher Report, people are making way too much of JaMarcus Russell working out at Redskin Park today.

First off, he's there with 19 other players; he just happens to be the biggest name.

Secondly, former Maryland Terrapin John Lucas, Russell's mentor, has some pull with the Washington Redskins, and much like Brian Westbrook's tryout in the past, this could very well be lip service to Lucas.

Sure, Russell's tryout comes at a weird time given Donovan McNabb's benching on Sunday, but for the love of God, anyone who thinks Russell will be on the Redskins' active roster is completely insane.

Lucas was on ESPN980 during the tryout, talking about Russell's dedication to his rehabilitation and how he's lost 35 pounds.

For a moment I'll play devil's advocate. Let's say he's signed during the bye week. He still won't be on the active roster; he'll be on the practice squad. He'll work in the system, and maybe, just maybe, come next year he'll be a third-string quarterback.

Maybe in five years he'll be second-stringer or a possible starter, but we're years away from that.

On top of that, as I reported earlier today, Donovan McNabb said on ESPN980, just before Lucas came on, that he's 100 percent sure he'll be a Redskin next year.

So Redskins Nation (especially those in the media), chill out. Russell trying out has nothing to do with what happened on Sunday. Take a step back, take a deep breath and realize that Russell will not be our quarterback anytime soon.

Also, remember that Russell has tons of talent but has shown a lack of dedication. If what John Lucas says is true and Russell has turned over a new leaf in his personal life and training, then I say signing him to the practice squad at the league minimum wouldn't be such a bad move.