Writing for the Star-Ledger, Connor Orr made one small note in a long post about the Jets quarterback spot that the Jets had recently discussed JaMarcus Russell in a very "informal" way.
More recently, after Tannenbaum was let go, members of the organization had some very exploratory, informal discussions regarding former Oakland Raiders quarterback JaMarcus Russell, the 2007 No. 1 overall pick who flamed out of the NFL after the 2009 season. Russell recently decided to mount a comeback in hopes of returning to the league next season.
I believe the report to be 100% accurate. But I don't think that it holds much
water syzzzurp. The Jets are against the wall with their quarterback situation so if anything it speaks to how outside the box the Jets are willing to think ... but it doesn't mean the 2007 top pick is going to be suiting up in green and white as a starter come September. Every team talks, even in jest, about players who the team might consider ... so this is no different.
Of course, let's not allow rational thought get in the way of a chance to slam the Jets. Isn't that right James Walker?
In a conveniently timed report during the June/July news lull last year, news came to light that the Jets reportedly had some level of interest in JaMarcus Russell around spring practices in 2012, but it never went anywhere. If Russell wants back into the league, it would make sense for his agent to go back to where the trail went cold. Looking backwards, that story might have had more to do with Tebow than it had to do with Sanchez at the time.
Our best guess? The trail is even colder now than it was way back then.
Russell is reportedly up to 308 pounds, or equivalent of one Nick Mangold or just over one and a half Jeremy Kerleys .... so while no one might be able to tackle him, he also might not be able to throw the ball because FAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAATTTTTTTTT.
So while some in the NFL community are pleasuring themselves at the thought of the Jets being connected with this report, it's never going to happen.