Former Raiders QB JaMarcus Russell is in Washington today to meet with and try out for the Redskins, according to multiple internet reports. It was first reported by FOX 26 Houston.
Russell was released by Oakland in May 2010 after the Raiders acquired former Redskins QB Jason Campbell on draft day. The top pick of the 2007 draft played in 31 games in three seasons, throwing 18 touchdowns, 23 interceptions with a career completion percentage of 52.1. He was often out of shape, as a report said he showed up at Raiders minicamp in March at 290 pounds.
The Redskins' QB situation has been newsworthy the past few days, after head coach Mike Shanahan removed starter Donovan McNabb with two minutes remaining of the team's Week Eight game vs. the Lions, replacing him with Rex Grossman. After the game, the coach said McNabb wasn't comfortable running the team's two-minute offense, but backtracked on Monday, saying that the QB's health played a factor in the switch.
"Donovan's been hampered with hamstring injuries, quad injuries, some contusions down there," Shanahan said.
The way we see it
It's unlikely the Redskins would sign Russell to a contract, but it is common for teams to try out players, especially during bye weeks. Still, the timing is a bit odd with all the controversy surrounding the quarterback play with the team. This may be a ploy by Shanahan to divert attention away from McNabb and onto a QB who is unlikely to play in the NFL any time soon.