Originally posted on Helmet2Helmet  |  Last updated 1/29/13

New Jets general manager John Idzik said Monday that Mark Sanchez will be pushed for the starting quarterback job, vowing to add competition.

While they've begun kicking tires on college prospects, Gang Green reportedly is looking in a whole other direction.

According to the Newark Star-Ledger, the Jets have had "some very exploratory, informal discussions" regarding JaMarcus Russell.

Russell, as most know, was the former No. 1 overall pick of the Raiders and generally is referred to as the league's all-time biggest bust. Literally the biggest – at last check, he clocked in at 305 pounds.

After getting run out of Oakland, Russell took his millions of dollars and faded into obscurity for the better part of three years. That changed last week, when it was reported that he's aiming to make a comeback by gauging his interest at next month's NFL Combine.

It's worth noting that the discussions took place after previous GM Mike Tannenbaum was fired. Also, New York was linked to Russell in the past, so the idea isn't totally foreign to the organization.

Although forcing Sanchez to earn his keep is a no-brainer, they'd be better off just anointing him the starter now if Russell classifies as "competition."

Sanchez may be bad, but Russell is that much worse.

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