It’s obvious Russell himself has no future in the NFL. Sure, his arm is a cannon. But so is the rest of him. Like a cannon, Russell is heavy, slow-moving and unable to make quality decisions on his own. At least you can get a cannon to work when you ignite its fuse. Russell? What fuse?
Russell’s football future is clearly the minor leagues. The UFL’s Omaha Nighthawks want him, but sources say that, at this point, the former No. 1 overall pick prefers to continue working out and honing his mechanics in Arizona. Russell still hopes to latch on with an NFL team.
Is it better for a quarterback to try to regain his career via the NFL, or better to go through the minor leagues? The NFL offers more money but less playing time. You’ll get better coaching in the NFL, but you won’t get as much of it. And, again, you won’t get many opportunities to showcase what you’ve learned.
J.P. Losman spent last season in the UFL. He rejoined the NFL as a Raider last year and is now in a third-string role with the Seahawks. Daunte Culpepper, unable to get a genuine shot at a starting job in the NFL, is trying his hand in the CFL (Sacramento Mountain Lions). A lot of people thought Michael Vick should have gone to the UFL last year rather than toil away in near-obscurity with the Eagles. In Vick’s case, the additional playing time of the UFL would have served him well, and he probably would be in contention for a starting job somewhere right now. Of course, keep in mind, Vick is currently the No. 2 quarterback in Philly. That’s a considerably better situation than any of these aforementioned quarterbacks are in.
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