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Tuesday, June 4, 2013
On the Bears' 'interest' in JaMarcus Russell

By Kevin Seifert

As an assistant coach, Marc Trestman earned a well-deserved reputation as a strong developer of quarterbacks. But is now the right time to take on a potentially consuming reclamation project?

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Three months before Trestman's debut as an head coach in the NFL, according to Michael C. Wright of ESPNChicago.com, the Chicago Bears are planning to work out arguably the biggest bust in NFL history. Quarterback JaMarcus Russell, the top pick of the 2007 draft who was out of football by 2010, will be joined by quarterbacks Trent Edwards and Jordan Palmer, according to Dan Pompei of the Chicago Tribune.

There is no harm done if the Bears are merely crafting an emergency list of available free agents to pursue in an emergency depth situation, as many teams do this time of year. At the moment, Jay Cutler, Josh McCown and Matt Blanchard are the three quarterbacks on the Bears' roster.

Anything beyond that, however, would risk overextending a new coach who has plenty on his plate already. It's one thing to suggest the Bears draft a developmental quarterback to insert into Trestman's program. It's quite another to bring in a huge sideshow whose presence would distract more from the process of winning than it would almost certainly contribute. That's why I would be really surprised if this workout is for a purpose any bigger than updating the Bears' personnel files.