The one thing JaMarcus Russell had going for him was he carried no apparent off-field baggage.
That is no longer the case.
Russell was arrested at his Mobile, Alabama home Monday for possession of a banned substance. He is accused of possessing codeine syrup -- a popular, illegal drink that is often used in a mix with soda. He was arrested and quickly released on $2,500 bond. He has court dates later this month.
This is not the way for Russell to get back into the league. The former No. 1 overall pick in the 2007 draft was cut by Oakland in May after going 7-18 as the starting quarterback.
In Oakland, Russell regressed as a quarterback, had bad fundamentals, had weight issues and was known for being a poor worker at Oakland’s facility. Now, he can add legal trouble to his laundry list of challenges to getting a new job.
It was reported this week the New York Jets had some interest in Russell. But now, Russell is an unsuccessful quarterback with legal issues. Not good.
Monday’s arrest further cements Russell’s standing as the greatest draft bust in NFL history.
UPDATE: It is being reported that the Jets are no longer interested in Russell in light of his arrest. Makes sense. I bet any other team that was considering Russell may feel the same way.
Omaha of the UFL wants Russell. It may be his best (and only) bet now.