Big Apple Let Down: New York Jets' Interest in JaMarcus Russell 'Dismal'

Ryan CookFeatured ColumnistJuly 4, 2010

OAKLAND, CA - DECEMBER 13: JaMarcus Russell #2 of the Oakland Raiders walks off the field after calling a time out during their game against the Washington Redskins at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum on December 13, 2009 in Oakland, California.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
Ezra Shaw/Getty Images

Ah, getting back to the old routine, isn't it great?  Here I am, back at the helm, writing more articles and once again commenting on JaMarcus Russell's situation. 

In my time away, I found myself pondering the NFL a little during my everyday travels. 

At times, I couldn't help but feel out of the loop a little, as if I may have missed some kind of Brett Favre signing news, or a new possibility for still homeless wide receiver Terrell Owens to sign with this season.

However, now that I have returned, I have come to the conclusion that the NFL world is as boring as everyday life. 

Sure it isn't as dull as sitting through a 20-inning baseball game during the cold months in St. Louis, but for the most part nothing much happens, and when it does, it normally takes weeks for any real headline to form.

So here we are, edging closer to the regular season.  Most teams are willing and eager for the season to begin, while others have a few loose ends to tie up before September rolls around the corner.

But aside from teams themselves though, this NFL offseason has been notable due to the struggles that just about each and every player has faced thus far.

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Yes, Brett Favre is still unsure of his decision, and yes, Terrell Owens may never play in the NFL again, but what about the forgotten "soldiers" of the NFL?

Well, I guess calling JaMarcus Russell a soldier is a little bit of a stretch, but still, doesn't he still deserve some kind of playing time in what appears to be his final chance in the NFL?

Maybe, after all this question is quite debatable, but personally I feel that despite JaMarcus' struggling early years with the Oakland Raiders, he does deserve that final second chance to prove himself in this ever-so-tough league.

So let me ask you all a question, where does JaMarcus Russell sign in 2010?

It's a question that we would all like an answer for.  Realistically, about 60 percent of America would prefer to see JaMarcus Russell rot away in the free agency pool, while a small group of fans have stuck together and kept the candle burning for his future.

Recently, the speculation for Russell has been quite slim.  It appears that most teams are quite steady at the quarterback position, and even if a gunslinging thrower is needed, Russell's number isn't at the top of the speed dial.

Still, there is one team that has shown the slightest amount of consideration for Russell, up until now.

I'm talking of course about the New York Jets, the trigger-happy team that signs players at will and isn't scared to take on some of the most controversial players in the current age of football.

But before we go ahead and get to excited, according to's Steve Wyche, JaMarcus Russell isn't going to The Big Apple anytime soon.

Why?  I hear you ask, well it's simple, the New York Jets would prefer to sign a veteran quarterback such as Mark Brunell, rather than a seemingly "dead" player who could struggle to hit the ground running.

Therefore, according to the New York Jets, the possibility of Russell wearing green and white this season is currently 10 percent. 

Fortunately for the Jets though, not much is lost.  With Marc Bulger fresh off a signing to the Baltimore Ravens as of late, the possibility of New York gaining a veteran quarterback to help coax Mark Sanchez and stabilize the young roster is still very high.

Unfortunately for Russell, this setback only further acts as a disadvantage.  Although there are 30 other teams in the NFL that may be willing to try JaMarcus, if a top-notch team such as New York is willing to disregard Russell, the possibility of him signing with any major franchise now seems quite low.

However, it is, of course, important for JaMarcus to keep his chin up.  Any team may come knocking in the near future, and it is important that he appears fit and healthy, as God knows he hasn't in recent years.

As I always tell readers, just sit tight.  This time though, don't be surprised to see Russell take a one-year layoff.  The New York Jets did ask Russell what he had been up to recently, and unfortunately for No. 2, the answer wasn't overly convincing.

Perhaps we are in store for a calm in the JaMarcus Russell storm, or perhaps Russell will indeed sign with someone soon.  As for New York, it's just about all but dead. 

Any other team?

I won't jump the shark, but interest may pick up for the troublesome free agent very shortly.

Ryan Cook is a Featured Columnist for Bleacher Report . He is also an NFL columnist for Real Sports Net and a Green Bay Packers writer for Fan Huddle and PackerChatters . Don't forget to follow him on Twitter .