Former Oakland Raiders No. 1 overall pick JaMarcus Russell put together a solid showing but showed some rust with his timing and accuracy of throws during his tryout for the Chicago Bears.
Russell reported to the workout in the 265-pound range at Halas Hall, displaying a "big arm" and "good, positive demeanor.
But it was apparent that Russell has worked diligently in recent months having shed a reported 50. That he worked with a group of receivers with whom he was unfamiliar with could have lessened his luster.
Russell was joined by two other quarterbacks, Jordan Palmer and Trent Edwards, during the workout.
The Bears wanted to give Russell an opportunity, but it doesn't appear a signing is imminent. With three quarterbacks already on the roster in Jay Cutler, Josh McCown and Matt Blanchard, the Bears wanted to keep the roster status quo at the position.
Russell hasn't played a down of football in the NFL since 2009, and won just seven of 25 starts during his career with the Raiders. He has completed 52.1 percent of his passes for 18 touchdowns, 23 interceptions and a passer rating of 65.2.
In 2010, authorities charged Russell with felony possession of a controlled substance after officers who raided his home in July found a drink containing codeine cough syrup. A grand jury didn't indict the quarterback on those charges.
The NFL Network reported Russell would like to sign with a team on which he can learn under a veteran quarterback. If Russell doesn't sign with an NFL team within the next 30 to 45 days, he also would be open to signing with a CFL team.
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