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JaMarcus Russell to work out for Bears

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05:02 PM ET 06.04 | Former Oakland Raiders No. 1 overall pick JaMarcus Russell gets his first shot at returning to the NFL on Friday when he visits the Chicago Bears for a workout that will include three other quarterbacks, according to an NFL source with knowledge of the situation. Having shed a reported 50 pounds in recent months, Russell has drawn interest from multiple teams, including the Bears, who would like to obtain a current evaluation of the quarterback. Initially, the Bears weren't interested in taking a look at Russell, and one source believed nobody in the NFL would take the quarterback's comeback seriously until he shed a significant amount of weight. Now that Russell weighs a reported 265 pounds -- his weight when the Raiders made him the No. 1 overall pick in 2007 -- the Bears want to give the quarterback an opportunity.

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June 4, 2013  05:17 PM ET

As a Packer fan I'm only going to say, "DO IT BEARS!! SIGN HIM!!"

June 4, 2013  05:33 PM ET

He looks hungry.

June 4, 2013  05:46 PM ET

Oh, for the love of...

June 4, 2013  07:25 PM ET

When will he stop coming out of the woodwork every spring? I'd rather see Jeff George back in uniform.

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June 4, 2013  07:35 PM ET

I hope he gets his shot. Oh, I shouldn't have said that, it is Chicago. Everyone gets his shot, and the lucky ones duck in time.

June 4, 2013  07:35 PM ET
QUOTE(#1):

As a Packer fan I'm only going to say, "DO IT BEARS!! SIGN HIM!!"

The Pack are also going to try him out. Really?

June 4, 2013  07:41 PM ET

7-18 record as a starter.
52.1% career completion percentage, 6 passing yards per attempt.
4.83 40-time when he was 22 years old, 4.4 rushing yards per attempt.

Why does this guy deserve a second chance in the NFL?

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June 4, 2013  07:45 PM ET
QUOTE(#8):

7-18 record as a starter. 52.1% career completion percentage, 6 passing yards per attempt.4.83 40-time when he was 22 years old, 4.4 rushing yards per attempt.Why does this guy deserve a second chance in the NFL?

Happy Meal prices have escalated in the past few years.

June 4, 2013  08:36 PM ET
QUOTE(#8):

7-18 record as a starter. 52.1% career completion percentage, 6 passing yards per attempt.4.83 40-time when he was 22 years old, 4.4 rushing yards per attempt.Why does this guy deserve a second chance in the NFL?

Because he can do something Tim Tebow cannot: Throw an NFL-caliber ball.

June 4, 2013  08:37 PM ET
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He has a right to try and earn one.

This ^^^. It is only a chance. Remember, teams get 90 man rosters when camp starts. Why not let him try?

June 4, 2013  08:41 PM ET

George is in his mid forties.

June 4, 2013  08:42 PM ET
QUOTE(#8):

7-18 record as a starter. 52.1% career completion percentage, 6 passing yards per attempt.4.83 40-time when he was 22 years old, 4.4 rushing yards per attempt.Why does this guy deserve a second chance in the NFL?

He can't be worse than Caleb Hanie. Bears fans know how bad he is.

Trust me on this.

June 4, 2013  08:43 PM ET
QUOTE(#13):

George is in his mid forties.

*Looks at DD*

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June 4, 2013  08:51 PM ET

If this loser gets a second chance, Tebow should get second, third, and fourth chances....

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June 4, 2013  10:30 PM ET
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George is in his mid forties.

He'd say that means his arm is really well-rested.

 
June 4, 2013  10:48 PM ET
QUOTE(#5):

I'd like to see JaMarcus have a shot at redemption.

If he does get a shot, he better not blow it.

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