Conflicting reports on Ravens “interest” in JaMarcus Russell

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An oft repeated cliche in NFL circles is, “One man’s trash is another’s treasure.” The cliche clearly has applicability to the Ravens when they courted and eventually signed Oakland Raiders outcast LB Rolando McClain.

Now, according to reports, Ravens general manager Ozzie Newsome & Co. may be sifting through more of that Bay Area “trash”.

After losing almost 40 pounds from his 300-pound frame (at the time of his release from the Raiders), JaMarcus Russell will receive an invite to workout with the Chicago Bears according to ESPNChicago.com. The news may be surprising given that Russell hasn’t been on an NFL field since 2009, but it may get even more surprising for fans in Baltimore.

Here’s an excerpt from a report by Mike Garafolo of USA TODAY sports:

“The person, who spoke on a condition of anonymity because the team hasn’t confirmed the workout, said the Baltimore Ravens have also shown a significant amount of interest and could soon work out Russell if he doesn’t sign with the Bears as Jay Cutler’s backup.”

The phrase “quarterback controversy” was eliminated from the Ravens dictionary for a few years, given the $120 million investment made into quarterback Joe Flacco, but is there anything to gain by even having Russell compete for a backup spot with two-year backup Tyrod Taylor or newly signed Caleb Hanie?

Even if Russell is able to show something on the field, the Ravens were already embarrassed once this offseason and it’s hard to imagine that they’d take the risk of doing it again. Prior to his most recent effort to lose weight, Russell hasn’t exactly been the practitioner of a model work ethic. And then of course there’s the controversy surrounding his alleged former beverage of choice “purple drank.”

So what do you think Ravens Nation? Is Russell even a possibility in your eyes?

UPDATE: ProFootballTalk.com has now published a story refuting the previous reports from a trusted source close to the Ravens.

12 Raves on “Conflicting reports on Ravens “interest” in JaMarcus Russell

  1. Ron in Owings Mills on said:

    HOW ABOUT NO???????????????????????????????????????????????????????? IF FLACCO GOES DOWN, IT’S OVER ANYWAY….STOP TIS NOWWWWWWWWWWWWW

  2. Josh on said:

    I had a crazy thought today that we would give him a tryout. I’ll laugh if we do, but at this point I think it’s safe to trust Ozzie, Harbs and Co.

  3. Harry W. Holland III on said:

    I don’t see the harm in giving him a tryout. He’s the only one that even comes close to having the arm strength of Flacco. Plus I don’t see what the see in Hanie anyway. So let him and Taylor push each other

  4. RJ on said:

    HA! What a thing to happen. And as for Rolando McClain, I had honestly forgotten about him until I read this article. I guess he is still on the team for the moment, but I haven’t heard anything about him from the Baltimore media in weeks.

  5. paulie on said:

    Please say it ain’t so!
    JaMarcus Russell isn’t just a lazy bum with a juice problem,
    he’s an uncoachable lazy bum with an “it’s all about me” complex

  6. Qman on said:

    I don’t know. Harry maybe on to something. Harry maybe on to something. Harry maybe on to something. Harry maybe…..

  7. maximilian333 on said:

    if Flacco goes down the season is not over, bringing in a guy that can whip the rock around like flacco is not a bad idea, i’m not one of these fans that thinks Flacco is the whole team, flacco is one person and just like any other position “it’s next man up”

  8. John on said:

    If you asked me what our biggest area of need is, I’d say backup QB. But we can’t afford a good one. Russell brings too much distraction even if he does work out.

    Gotta roll the dice and hope Joe stays healthy.

  9. David on said:

    It can’t hurt to try him out, he’s going to be cheap (@ minimum), he has a great arm and maybe (just maybe?) he’s learned his lesson about hard work. Any contract can be structured to minimize any money loss if he doesn’t work out. Tyrod is a good guy and a hard worker, but he’s hasn’t shown the goods to play QB at this level (e.g., the last game against the Bengals) and neither has Hanie!

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