Report: Jets had informal discussions on JaMarcus Russell

JaMarcus Russell last played in the NFL in the 2009. (Getty Images)

Ten months ago when the Jets traded for Tim Tebow, the plan, in part, was to push starting quarterback Mark Sanchez. Things went horribly wrong, New York won six games, general manager Mike Tannenbaum lost his job, and Rex Ryan made his annual "I'll fix this" end-of-season speech.

The No. 1 problem: what to do with Sanchez, who enters his fifth year and is guaranteed to make $8.25 million in 2013. (He also finished 2012 as the NFL's worst quarterback -- no, really). This is the pressing issues facing Tannenbaum's replacement, John Idzik.

Even before Tannenbaum was fired, the Jets had scouted college quarterbacks Geno Smith (West Virginia), Ryan Nassib (Syracuse) and Logan Thomas (Virginia Tech), according to the Newark Star-Ledger's Conor Orr. But in typical Jets fashion, the organization did some way-outside-the-box thinking on the matter, too. Again, via Orr:

"More recently, after Tannenbaum was let go, members of the organization had some very exploratory, informal discussions regarding former Oakland Raiders quarterback JaMarcus Russell, the 2007 No. 1 overall pick who flamed out of the NFL after the 2009 season," Orr wrote. "Russell recently decided to mount a comeback in hopes of returning to the league next season."

Yep, that sounds about right. "Very exploratory, informal discussions" doesn't mean "we're definitely signing this guy!", but it also points to just how the organization feels about Sanchez.

Then again, the Jets could sign Russell to serve as a blocking back for Tebow. Ryan does have grand plans for a new-fangled offense.

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