NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – The Jets have had “some very exploratory, informal discussions” about mega-bust quarterback JaMarcus Russell, according to the Newark Star-Ledger.
Russell was selected No. 1 overall by the Oakland Raiders in the 2007 draft. He hasn’t played a snap in the NFL since Jan. 3, 2010.
The 6-foot-6, 308-pound Russell told Yahoo! Sports he was planning to attempt a comeback for the 2013 season.
“The last few years, the things going through my life, football is my job and it is how it feeds my family,” he said. “People would say (that) I didn’t love the game but that p—– me off. People don’t know the real you but I want people to know the real me and see what I can do. People are always saying that I’m a bust. I want show them I’m not. I’m committed to this now.”
On Monday, new Jets general manager John Idzik told WFAN radio he was “comfortable” with embattled starter Mark Sanchez on the roster, but would be adding competition at the quarterback position.
Whether that comes through free agency, trade talks or the upcoming draft remains to be seen.
“I’d say build any way you feel like you can get better,” Idzik said on the “Boomer & Carton” show. “That said, the draft will always be important to us.”
Sanchez will be working this offseason with Jeff Garcia to get a handle on new coordinator Marty Mornhinweg’s offense.
“I think he’s champing at the bit,” Idzik said. “And he wants to get going with his new coordinator. He’s all about competing. I got a really good feeling from Mark.”
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