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Jets Discussed The Idea of Adding JaMarcus Russell?

Conor Orr of the Newark Star-Ledger reports that members of the Jets have had “some very exploratory, informal discussions” regarding former Raiders’ No. 1 overall pick JaMarcus Russell.

The report mentions that these talks were held after GM Mike Tannenbaum was let go, but doesn’t say whether or not new GM John Idzik was part of these discussions.

Last week, multiple reports indicated that Russell was prepared to make another run at playing in the NFL and was planning on making an appearance at this year’s NFL Combine.

Russell was said to weigh a staggering 305 pounds, so it’s not as though he’s anywhere near being in acceptable shape for an NFL quarterback. It would be shocking, even for the Jets, to see them seriously pursue this idea to any extent in the coming months.

On a more serious note, Orr adds that the Jets spent a “significant amount of time” with North Carolina State QB Mike Glennon at this year’s Senior Bowl. They’ve also scouted Geno Smith (West Virginia) and Ryan Nassib (Syracuse) before Tannenbaum was let go, so it seems somewhat realistic that they could target a quarterback during the first few rounds on this year’s draft.

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