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JaMarcus Russell gets tryout with Bears

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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 Oakland 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.
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