The presumption has been that, at some point, JaMarcus Russell will end up on an NFL roster. No one can really say when, and it’s more likely to be later rather than sooner, but still … eventually. You can take a look back and read the opinions on that here.
In the meantime, Russell has been linked to several teams (Bengals, Colts) since his release from the Raiders, the latest via an ESPN New York report that suggested the Jets have cursory interest. It’s probably worth noting that cursory interest, in late June, doesn’t amount to much.
The report by Rich Cimini also included a note that, according to sources, the Cardinals and Vikings remain the “most likely” landing spots for Russell. That’s, of course, if he’s signed at all. That being said written, Minneapolis Star Tribune beat reporter Judd Zuglad followed that up Tuesday by saying his NFL sources indicated the odds of Russell landing with the Vikings “are not high.”
The Vikings scenario is intriguing. At some point, Brett Favre will decide and then eventually announce he’s not playing anymore, and the Vikings will need the next quarterback to stick with the “franchise” label. Tarvaris Jackson is there for at least one more season, while the same can’t be said for Sage Rosenfels, who’s future might be questionable.
The Vikings did waive R.J. Archer Tuesday, leaving four QBs on the roster for training camp. The name you might be missing of that group is rookie Joe Webb, who has impressed during offseason workouts. So much so, the legendary Sid Hartman of the Star Tribune opined it’s actually Webb who could end up claiming the “QOTF” designation.
Whether it turns out to be one of these teams or another not yet on our radar, we feel like it may be awhile before the chatter on Russell turns into anything substantial.