Jamarcus Russell - Ezra Shaw
Former Oakland Raiders quarterback Jamarcus Russell wants to make a comeback. Will the Giants, or any other NFL team, give him an opportunity?
So, Jamarcus Russell -- maybe the biggest bust in NFL Draft history -- wants to make a comeback. Is it beyond outrageous to wonder if the New York Giants could end up being the team that affords him an opportunity to try?
Russell, the first overall pick in the 2007 NFL Draft, has not played in the NFL since 2009. He had tryouts with the Washington Redskins and Miami Dolphins in 2010, but has not been near the league since.
Russell, 27, says he is committed to the comeback:
The last few years, the things going through my life, football is my job and it is how it feeds my family," he said. "People would say (that) I didn't love the game but that pisses me off. People don't know the real you but I want people to know the real me and see what I can do. People are always saying that I'm a bust. I want show them I'm not. I'm committed to this now."
Despite that, reports indicate that Russell currently weighs 308 pounds.
Would the Giants even take a peek at a major reclamation project like Russell? Well, you would have to think there is little chance the Giants would go there. Then again, backup quarterback David Carr is an unrestricted free agent and the only other quarterback on the roster is Curtis Painter, who was out of the league in 2012 after spending two seasons with the Indianapolis Colts.
Then there is Carr himself. Like Russell, he was a former first overall draft selection in 2002. Like Russell now, Carr's career was in tatters when the Giants took a chance on rehabilitating him in 2008 -- though at least Carr was in the league.
Besides, Giants may already own the record for the fattest quarterback to ever make a 53-man roster. 'Hefty Lefty' Jared Lorenzen was a giants in 2006 and 2007 and, if nothing else, he was fun to have around.
Thoughts, Giants' fans?