Teams are reportedly still uneasy about Russell’s weight issues and being out of shape.
One of the first knocks against Russell was his lack of discipline and conditioning, which helped derail his football career. NFP adds that the fact these issues still persist shows NFL clubs he hasn’t learned from his mistakes the first time around.
Pauline adds that teams interested in seeing Russell prefer him to participate in private workouts, rather than a Pro Day.
- Mike Wright reports that the Bears are “not even remotely” interested in Russell.
- Sean Jensen “strongly” believes the Bears don’t have any “real interest” in Russell.
- Jim Corbett of USA Today adds the Jets to the list of speculative options for Russell.
- Mike Jurecki reports that the Cardinals have “zero interest” in Russell.
As for the Bears, they are in need of a back-up quarterback after QB Jason Campbell signed with the Browns, so it makes sense that they would at least do their homework on all of the available options.
It will be interesting to see if anyone actually schedules a visit or workout with Russell in the coming weeks.
A previous report indicated that “more than a few teams” have been paying attention to his attempt at an NFL comeback, so we’ll have to see if anyone is willing to bring him in for a workout in the coming weeks.
Freemen adds that he’s been informed that “more than a few teams” have been monitoring Russell’s comeback closely. Freeman admits that there’s still a chance Russell never suits up for an NFL team, but it appears as though teams are willing to give him consideration based on his “desire to prove himself.”
Russell, 27, has reportedly lost 30 pounds during his comeback attempt, but has been out of the league for three years now. It will be interesting to see if anyone brings him in for workout.