Wednesday, April 10, 2013
Private workouts for JaMarcus
By Tom Carpenter
UPDATE: Per XTRA 910's Mike Jurecki "the Cardinals have zero interest in free agent QB JaMarcus Russell."
As noted below, the Cards are one of the teams that appeared to be intrigued by Russell's comeback attempt. Time will tell whether they do have any interest if Russell eventually gets down to a reasonable weight and starts doing private workouts for teams.
According to USAToday.com's Jim Corbettt, JaMarcus Russell "has been working six days a week since Feb. 7 with [Jeff] Garcia, TEST Academy CEO Brian Martin and former San Diego Chargers strength and conditioning coach Jeff Hurd to reach his current 15% body fat."
It was believed that Russell had a pro-day-style workout, scheduled for Wednesday, which was cancelled, but Martin said that was never the case. Instead, teams are "kind of waiting to see where his weight is, and when he gets close to weight they want to bring him in and evaluate him."
Garcia would like to see Russell end up with a team like the Chicago Bears or Arizona Cardinals, where Russell could sit as a backup and re-acclimate himself to the NFL. The New York Jets also appear to have some level of interest in the former Oakland Raiders QB.
Per DraftInsider.net, during the past couple of months, Russell has dropped his weight from 311 pounds to about 280 pounds. Apparently his goal is to get down to around 270 pounds before holding private workouts for teams. Considering the weak class of quarterbacks via free agency and the draft, it's not crazy to think that some team will give the former No. 1 overall pick a shot as a backup QB if he impresses in those workouts. Russell will turn 28 in August.