JaMarcus Russell had less than a stellar NFL career.
New England Patriots
Bill Belichick has already saved Randy Moss from the wasteland that is Oakland, Tom Brady (pictured) currently doesn’t have a veteran backup, and for $625,000 — Russell’s natural talent may be too hard to pass up.
In the past two offseasons, Houston has lost backups Sage Rosenfels and Rex Grossman to free agency. Dan Orlovsky (pictured) is the current second stringer. Couldn’t Russell give him a run for his money? Matt Schaub led the NFL in passing yards last season. Unlike Oakland, the Texans have a functional offense.
New Orleans Saints
A collegiate hero in Baton Rouge and the 2007 Sugar Bowl Most Outstanding Player, Russell is still a fan favorite in New Orleans. Backing up Drew Brees, Russell would have an All-Pro mentor for the first time in his career. Can he beat out Chase Daniel for the backup role or seventh-round pick Sean Canfield for a roster spot?
New York Jets
New York seems to be the destination for all the league’s misfits and wildcards. Kellen Clemens is considered a solid backup, but has struggled throughout his four years in the league. Russell could join LaDainian Tomlinson, Jason Taylor, Santonio Holmes, Braylon Edwards, and Antonio Cromartie on the list of veterans with something to prove in New York.
Chan Gailey has reiterated publicly that the Bills’ starting gig is still an open competition. Fitzpatrick, Brohm, Edwards, and Brown sounds more like a law firm with subway advertisements than an NFL quarterback depth chart. Russell has more natural talent than any of those options. -- Peter Schrager