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Ravens Interest In JaMarcus Russell For Real?

There are conflicting reports on the Ravens interest in quarterback JaMarcus Russell.

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There are conflicting reports on the Baltimore Ravens interest on former first overall pick JaMarcus Russell. Russell was once considered one of, if not THE, biggest draft day bust in the history of the NFL. He battled weight issues early in his career that caused him to drop out of football all together. However, he has since dropped 50 lbs. and is currently at an respectable 265 lbs. The Ravens are one of three teams that are reportedly showing interest in the former Oakland Raider.

One of the other teams subposed to have interest in Russell is the Chicago Bears. In either case, if he were to be signed, he would come in as a back up as the Ravens and Bears both have solid starting quarterbacks in place.

"The person, who spoke on condition of anonymity because the team hasn't confirmed the workout, said the Baltimore Ravens have also shown a significant amount of interest and could soon work out Russell if he doesn't sign with the Bears as Jay Cutler's backup," USA Today's Mike Garafolo wrote.

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Russell is attempting to resurrect his career after a three-year absence, and is reportedly receiving interest from three teams now that he has shed about 50 pounds and stands in at a more respectable 265 pounds.

One of those interested teams is the Ravens, according to USA Today’s Mike Garafolo, NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport and CBS Sports’ Mike Freeman. However, reported there is no interest from Baltimore. Freeman said it’s tepid. So it’s up in the air.