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That's a 'no' on Russell ... or any ex-Raider QB

Posted by Albert Breer  May 24, 2010 07:00 AM

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For the record, I think it'd be a good thing for JaMarcus Russell to come to a place like New England (or Indianapolis or New Orleans) where he could rework everything in the background, and observe a hard-charging field general run a team. (But the Arena League might be the ideal spot for him.)

Problem for Russell is whether a team like the Patriots or Colts or Saints think he's worth their time. And it seems as if we might have our answer for one of those clubs.

I've gotten some email of late concerning Russell and the Patriots' possible interest, and here's a pretty strong "no" for you. Our pal Jason Cole did a story over at Yahoo! on the ex-No. 1 pick's historic flop, and Andrew Walter -- an ex-Raider QB acquired last summer and unceremoniously dumped before the end of camp -- was used as a case study.

"It was like six things he was doing wrong on every play," a Patriots source told Cole, also using an analogy indicating Russell hadn't work on fundamentals simple enough to be stressed in high school. "It was impossible to coach him because there was too much to correct. … You just stood there and wondered, 'What the heck happened to this guy?'"

The Patriots and Raiders have swapped veterans in the past. New England dealt for Randy Moss, most famously, and also Doug Gabriel and Derrick Burgess, and this offseason signed Gerard Warren. Oakland traded for Richard Seymour.

And maybe that pipeline will keep on running. But it sure looks like Walter will be the last quarterback coming the Patriots' way from Oakland.
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