Russell secures tryout with NFL team as he continues his comeback.
Former number one overall draft pick Jamarcus Russell has earned a workout with the Chicago Bears on Friday, as he looks set to earn himself a roster spot three years after being cut by the Oakland Raiders.
The 27-year old has spent the last six months conditioning and preparing himself to earn a tryout on an NFL team, and it seems the hard work has paid off for the once promising college star.
NFL.com says there is significant interest from the Bears, as well as the Baltimore Ravens, as they look set to evaluate the potential that Russell could bring to the team.
While both interested parties are set for Quarterbacks currently, the workout is seen as a reconnaissance move by Chicago to see whether Russell could be worth picking up at training camp should something happen to one of their current crop of QB’s.
It is unlikely that the NFL bust will get given a pro contract after the tryout, however being able to work out in front of an NFL coaching staff will alert other teams who may be interested in a backup during the off-season, and it seems clear that the LSU icon could be nearing the end of his road to redemption.