JaMarcus Russell gets a chance to resume career with Bears

The Chicago Bears is giving JaMarcus Russell, formerly Oakland Raider’s No.1 overall pick, an opportunity to come back to the NFL, according to a report.

An NFL source broke the news to ESPNChicago.com.

From 2007-2009, Russell was with the Raiders but due to the deaths of several family members, the grief kept him from staying focused on the field and on the game, USA Today reported.

According to an April CBS Sports article, Russell’s weight dropped from 315 to 288 lbs and he made plans to work with former NFL quarterback Jeff Garcia and a team of trainers on April 10. He has since been training with them in California.

The Bears will assess his athleticism during this week’s workout and if he doesn’t sign with them, the Baltimore Ravens have shown a great interest in him, another team he can try out for.

The Ravens assistant GM Eric DeCosta saw a silver lining in Russell’s career after he ended his time with the Raiders. ”The guy throws the ball better than most quarterbacks,” he told USA Today. “If he works hard and rededicates himself, his future is very bright.”

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