Chicago Bears Bringing in JaMarcus Russell For a Tryout on Friday

By Dan Parzych
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Former Oakland Raiders quarterback and No. 1 pick JaMarcus Russell has been doing everything in his power to make an NFL comeback from losing a ton of weight (reports indicate he’s down to 265 pounds) to spending extra time working out and now–it appears at least one team is expressing some interest in the quarterback.

Russell will receive a tryout from the Chicago Bears on Friday and as crazy as it sounds, this is a move that simply can’t hurt for a team that always seems to be fearful of losing starting quarterback Jay Cutler to an injury. The argument can be made that no quarterback in the NFL gets banged up more than Cutler as the Bears have established a reputation for having a pathetic offensive line and as the last few seasons have shown–they’ve even missed out on playoff opportunities for not having a reliable backup quarterback.

Obviously, Russell still has a lot to prove before he could ever be labeled with the term “reliable” as a backup quarterback, but it’s certainly worth Chicago taking a risk with looking at. With everything Russell has displayed this offseason when it comes to the possibility of an NFL comeback, he may be worth giving a shot for the 2013 season.

Even if he is one of the biggest draft busts of all time, there was a reason why Russell was selected No. 1 back in 2007. At this point, bringing Russell in for a tryout is a move that simply can’t hurt for the Bears–which is why it will be interesting to see what happens once Friday rolls around.

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