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Baltimore Ravens Are Wasting Their Time by Showing Interest in JaMarcus Russell

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COMMENTARY | With training camp looming and an underwhelming duo of quarterbacks behind Joe Flacco, it may be wise for the Baltimore Ravens to add another signal caller before the season begins solely for added competition.

One free agent quarterback who the Ravens reportedly have interest in is JaMarcus Russell, according to CBS Sports.

On Tuesday, it was reported that the Chicago Bears set up a workout with Russell for Friday, and if they don't sign him, his next tryout could be with the Ravens. Baltimore is one of at least three teams rumored to have interest in Russell.

The only problem with Baltimore's interest is that there shouldn't be any at all. Their interest could be near-nonexistent, but the fact that the team is linked to Russell likely means they had considerable interest at one point.

The odds of the Bears signing Russell are slim, and if he leaves Chicago without a contract, the Ravens shouldn't waste any time holding a tryout for him. Right now, taking a shot on Russell is the last thing the Ravens need to do.

The Ravens have already been blindsided once this offseason by a troubled, underachieving player in Rolando McClain. The addition of McClain turned out to be a complete dud, as he retired before ever putting on a Ravens uniform.

The difference between McClain and Russell, though, is that McClain at least had a chance to be a starter in 2013. Russell wouldn't even be guaranteed a roster spot, and if signed by the Ravens, he would only bring unwarranted media coverage and the risk of off-field issues.

On top of the non-football concerns, Russell hasn't even played in a game since 2009. For a guy who has spent three full seasons out of the NFL and was never a good quarterback to begin with, it would be a complete waste of time and money to sign him.

It seems like it would be pretty easy to say that a team shouldn't sign a player like Russell, but the fact that the Ravens, and many other teams, are being linked to him should be a concern.

Of course, Baltimore's interest in him could all be one giant rumor, but the idea of him coming to Baltimore cannot be dismissed. If the Ravens go against the grain and take a shot on Russell, the only positive is that he would join a team with a well-respected locker room with plenty of veteran leadership, which is what he needs.

Other than that, a Russell-to-Baltimore signing seems outlandish.

Kyle Casey is a sports writer and college student living in Baltimore, Md. He runs his own football site, End Zone Report, and contributes to Russell Street Report, a Baltimore Ravens blog.

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