JaMarcus Turns Down Job Offer

By Joe Kukura
|  Friday, Jun 18, 2010  |  Updated 5:00 PM PDT
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Unemployment is California is at 12.4 percent, but some guys won't take work if you hand it to them on a buffet plate.

Take, for instance, the case of former Raider quarterback JaMarcus Russell. Russell is out of a job with little else to do but count his $40 million, one fourth of which the Raiders are suing him to pay them back.

But unlike those 496,000 Californians who are out of work, Russell's phone has been ringing. He's just ignoring it and going back to sleep.

ProFootballTalk.com reported Friday that the UFL's Omaha Nighthawks have been pushing hard to get Russell to sign with their team, giving the notorious bust a shot at reviving his career.

And then ProFootballTalk.com reported later Friday that Russell said no thanks. JaMarcus "will not be in the UFL," a source close to the quarterback told the site.

Clearly Russell hopes to resurface in the NFL. He's not desperate enough to take a steady job with one of the lesser football leagues.

And so he'll remain unemployed. But at least he's continuing to goof off in a state with a lower unemployment rate than California.

Joe Kukura is a freelance writer who wasn't aware until just now that there was any such team called the Omaha Nighthawks.

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