Has JaMarcus found a new home?


The Cincinnati Bengals long have been a haven for misfits, players of questionable character and those who run afoul of the law. So, perhaps it should come as no surprise that the Bengals have been linked to Raiders cast-off quarterback JaMarcus Russell.

We must caution you that the source of this information is, um, a tad shaky and questionable. The news comes from Bengals wide receiver Chad Ochocinco, the player who doesn’t even realize that his changed last name means “eight five” and not eighty five, his jersey number.

“Jamarcus Russel, you on twitter, if not its cool ill see you in #minicamp , ooopsss, did I just leak that info #ocnn,” Ochocinco tweeted, twittered or something along those social networking lines.

Translation: “JaMarcus Russell, you on Twitter? If not, it’s cool. I’ll see you in mini camp. Oops, did I just leak that info?”

Yes, Chad, you did. You just promoted your self-named Ochocinco News Network by telling people that the Bengals are bringing in Russell for a tryout or that they signed him before your team’s mini camp. Not sure if Bengals coach Marvin Lewis knows about this or not.

We’ll take Ochocinco’s word for it and operate under the assumption that the Bengals are the first team to step forward and say, “Sure, we’ll take a look at the player you paid $39 million and used the No. 1 pick in the 2007 NFL draft. Why not? it won’t cost us much if it doesn’t work out.”

Russell can be had for as little as $620,000, the minimum base salary for a fourth-year player.

The Raiders gave Russell the starting job in 2008, his first full season, based on his draft status and their sizable investment. Russell won’t be given anything in Cincinnati except a chance to show that he has the desire to make something of his NFL career.

The Bengals are Carson Palmer’s team, which isn’t a bad thing where Russell is concerned because he could learn from a proven player and take the time to change his ways after three seasons of playing overweight, missing meetings, frustrating coaches and offensive coordinators, all under the glaring spotlight that shines on first-round picks.

The Bengals, Russell and Team Russell haven’t confirmed Ochocinco’s breaking news. Until then, people will have plenty of time to compile one liners about Russell and a team that doesn’t discriminate about the track record of the players it signs finally finding each other.


Steve Corkran

  • YoungAmerican Says:
    May 14th, 2010 at 10:14 am
    John Henderson is still out there for the taking, which is mind-boggling to me.


    As I’ve noted prior, I believe Al and the coaches want to wait until camp and cutdowns to resolve DT/NT needs. Waufle has not seen these boys play for real, and especially needs to gauge Bryant. Our well-connected staff may also be eyeing a few players who might become available later.

  • jhill

    Bryant has added 20lbs of muscle and now weighs 310 and this is why they are fealling better about the DT’s.


    I think it’s pretty obvious that Bryant and Shaugnessy are going to get a lot of snaps this year. They were both very productive as rookies, so why shouldn’t we expect them to be better?

    Bryant, Kelly, and Seymour are going to get the majority of the snaps at DT.

  • jhill

    Reason why they’re still available is because a lack of a collective bargaining agreement.


    Why do you say that?

    Plenty of FA signings so far I thought.

  • jhill

    I think guys like TO and Henderson are probably just asking for more $ than teams are willing to pay. Once reality sets in for these guys, then you’ll see some movement.

  • SnB offense defense specialteams

    Seymour inside on passing downs is what happened last year. Seymour is your Defensive End. Shaughnessy will be platooning with Houston.

    Cable said that the players for NT would be Kelly, Bryant and Joseph

    Again, Seymour and Houston are Defensive Ends

  • the_big_one_of_83

    I think guys like TO and Henderson are probably just asking for more $ than teams are willing to pay. Once reality sets in for these guys, then you’ll see some movement.

    4yr with incentives up to 20 mil if they earn it is what i say

  • the_big_one_of_83

    anybody feel me on that move no javon walker money for no results

  • JaMarcus Boucher

    new post.