I guess my thinking on that is... numerous teams would be signing Russell now without the off-field concerns.
If the O's were the team to jump... and if over the 1st half of the season he's playing well, and there are no off-field issues.... it becomes easier for teams to be the next team.
....but he's already had ML roster time since his suspension. The Cubs paid him and brought him back. He played 5 months last season.
He didn't play great (.699 OPS), but he was back in uniform.
He's got/had a new (3rd) baby momma (Asti Kelley) who says good things and doesn't understand what the issues were ('I haven't seen them'). I think they go back 2 years now.
My bigger issue with the Orioles is you don't really have anyone that, if you wanted him, could provide coverage for him.
If you had a guy like Adam Jones, he could basically say, "I got this" and act as his public confidence.