Former No. 1 overall pick JaMarcus Russell is scheduled to be part of a veteran free agent workout at the Chicago Bears' Lake Forest, Ill., practice facilty on Friday.
ESPN first reported Russell, along with multiple quarterbacks and other veterans, was invited to a tryout by the Bears. He last played in 2009, when he was released by the Raiders having earned nearly $40 million, compiling seven wins over three seasons.
Russell was charged but not indicted on felony possession of a controlled substance — a purple syrup containing codeine — in a home raid.
His weight was a concern with the Raiders, with reports that he weighed more than 340 pounds. According to Russell, he weighs 265 pounds.
The Bears have three quarterbacks on their roster: Jay Cutler, Josh McCown and Matt Blanchard.
Russell is considered to be one of the biggest flops as No. 1 overall draft pick in NFL history. After the Raiders selected Russell in 2007, he went on to play in just 31 career games.
Russell threw for 4,083 yards, 18 touchdowns and 23 interceptions. His career record in 25 starts was 7-18.
In April, former NFL quarterback Jeff Garcia, who is working with Russell, called Chicago and Arizona ideal fits for Russell, who told Yahoo! Sports he didn't want to be remembered as a “bust.”
Russell is working at the TEST Football Academy with Garcia.