JaMarcus Russell to work out for the Chicago Bears on Friday
News broke today that last week's report was genuine, as Russell has drawn enough interest from the Chicago Bears that he will work out for them on Friday. It is the first time that any team has been legitimately linked to Russell. The Bears will work out three other quarterbacks on Friday as well, so don't think that this indicates Russell having a realistic shot at making the Bears' roster.
New head coach Marc Trestman is a creative offensive mind, and it's not surprising to see Russell's first workout be with a team that is led by a coach like him. Trestman is reportedly "intrigued" by Russell, and it's easy to see why. Russell had one of the most powerful arms - if not the most powerful arm - the NFL has ever seen. In addition, he displayed exceptional athleticism and sound decision-making during his days at LSU. Russell's on-field problems have always been his accuracy and tendency to get flustered in the pocket. If a coach thinks that he can fix those problems, there's no reason not to invest some time in the rocket armed draft bust.
The goal for Russell is to prove on Friday that he is worth inviting to Bears training camp, but even if that happens, he'll remain a serious long shot to make the 53-man roster. The best news for Russell is that teams are actually taking an interest in him, despite his well-documented lack of dedication.
Russell is said to be open to playing in the CFL, a league from which he is generating a lot of interest. Despite the interest from the Bears, his best chance of playing this year remains up in Canada, but it could be a great opportunity for him to show NFL scouts that he can get the job done in live action. Russell's road to redemption is an interesting story that should be fun to follow over the summer.