Nate Woelfel

Former Top Pick Russell To Get Tryout With Bears

Created on Jun. 04, 2013 5:13 PM EST

After a disappointing debut in his first few seasons in the NFL, former No. 1 overall pick JaMarcus Russell will get his first opportunity to come back into the league when he auditions with the Chicago Bears in a tryout on Friday.

In three years with the Oakland Raiders, Russell appeared in 31 games. His career completion percentage sits at 52.1 percent. He threw for 4,083 yards and 18 touchdowns during that span. He was 7-18 in 25 career starts.

Russell, who hasn’t seen action in the league since 2009, has reportedly lost 50 pounds and is ready to showcase is talents to interested teams.

The Bears currently have three signal callers on the roster, including veteran starter Jay Cutler who has played in Chicago for four seasons.

According to, Russell has stated that he would like the opportunity to learn under a veteran quarterback.