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Old 04-28-2009, 09:22 PM   #1
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PHOENIX -- The Arizona Cardinals granted running back Edgerrin James' wish to be released on Tuesday and cut two others who played significant roles in the team's run to the Super Bowl.


Decline In Production

Edgerrin James' numbers have gone down over the years. Here's a look at the number of 10-plus yard rushes James has had in recent years:

10-plus yard rushes
2008 12
2007 16
2006 20
2005 28
2004 12

While James' move was anticipated, the release of cornerback Rod Hood and defensive end Travis LaBoy was not.

The moves clear salary cap space for the Cardinals, who want to sign new deals with linebacker Karlos Dansby and safety Adrian Wilson, and eventually with unhappy wide receiver Anquan Boldin.

James, Hood and LaBoy combined were to have made $10 million next season, but because of the $7.5 million signing bonus given to LaBoy a year ago, the cap savings will be several million dollars less than what the three would have earned. Still, it gives spending room to a franchise that had been just below the salary ceiling.

"Edgerrin James had a great run in Arizona and now it is time for him to continue his Hall of Fame career elsewhere," James' agent Drew Rosenhaus told ESPN.com's John Clayton. "One of his goals was to help the Cardinals get to a Super Bowl and he is eager to help another team get to that same level. Edgerrin is excited about signing with a new team. So far, several teams have expressed interest and we may have a deal in place in the very near future."

James had 794 carries for 2,895 yards and 16 touchdowns in his three seasons in Arizona. He topped 1,000 yards in 2006 and 2007, and his resurgence during last season's playoffs gave Arizona the running game it had sorely lacked.

He was benched for seven games earlier in 2008, the first time that's happened in his career, and he asked the team to release him then. The Cardinals refused, and he was reinserted into the lineup late in the season.

Despite it being such a difficult year, it led to James' only Super Bowl.

James had sought his release early in the free agency period, but the Cardinals held off until after last weekend's draft, where they chose Ohio State running back Chris "Beanie" Wells in the first round, the No. 31 pick overall. Wells and second-year pro Tim Hightower are expected to be Arizona's featured backs in the coming season.

James, 30, had one year left, at $5 million, on the four-year, $40 million deal he signed with Arizona before the 2006 season. He recently experienced a personal tragedy with the death of his longtime girlfriend, and mother of his four children, of leukemia at age 30.

In his 10-year career, James has rushed for 12,121 yards, 11th on the NFL career list and first among active players.

Hood appeared in 31 games, 30 as a starter, since signing with Arizona as a free agent in 2007. He had 105 tackles and six interceptions. The Cardinals added a cornerback in free agency by signing Bryant McFadden, then drafted Greg Toler out of tiny St. Paul's College of Virginia in the fourth round on Sunday.

LaBoy, who played four seasons for the Tennessee Titans, signed a five-year, $22 million contract, with about $7.5 million guaranteed, with Arizona before the 2008 season. He played in 13 games with 38 tackles, four sacks, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery in his lone season with the Cardinals.

Coach Ken Whisenhunt wasn't available for comment, but issued a statement through the team.

"It's never easy to release veteran players who have contributed to the team's success, and these three individuals certainly fall into that category," he said. "But like every decision we make, it simply comes down to what is in the best interest of our football team and what gives us the best chance for success. We're grateful to all three of them for their contributions and wish them nothing but the best in the future."



Should the Broncos bring him for a look
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pass...we already have 39 running backs....
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I sure hope we bring him in. We could really use a RB
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I sure hope we bring him in. We could really use a RB
You can never have enough running backs. I think we should try some three RB sets or since we don't have confidence in our DL put some of them to work there. It won't matter. Half of these guys will be broken up before week five.
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I sure hope we bring him in. We could really use a RB
I know, but I think San Diego will sign him just so we can't get him...
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And no Laboy can't play OLB or DE in a 3-4. Just say no to 250 lbs DE.
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No he just isn't that good and is old and worn out.
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Old 04-28-2009, 10:16 PM   #11
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I wonder if Terrell Davis is coming back this year?
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Hold on here a minute... I am not talking about bringing in Edgerrain James, I ment Travis LaBoy
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And no Laboy can't play OLB or DE in a 3-4. Just say no to 250 lbs DE.

He played well rushing from the AZ 4-3 under that Denver is going to employ this year last year. He would be a good addition.
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James won't start for anybody every again. He might get picked up to compete for a back up spot but I think he thinks he is still a great RB and will want too much money. His ego is too big to take less. I bet he hangs it up.
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He played well rushing from the AZ 4-3 under that Denver is going to employ this year last year. He would be a good addition.
I'd be a little surprised because IMO we have some guys like him already. But hey if Denver brought him on I'm sure he's good enough to play some here and there.
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Hold on here a minute... I am not talking about bringing in Edgerrain James, I ment Travis LaBoy
He's 250 and I don't think has played linebacker. Seems like Broncos trying to get bigger and I don't see this guy helping that, so my gut is telling me Broncos won't be interested.

A bunch more vets will become available as TC start. Lot's of rookies will be taking higher priced vets jobs. I think Broncos will wait and see what hit's the market.
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No he just isn't that good and is old and worn out.
i said that when he left the colts!

No one believed me, but Manning made him look better than he was. When teams have to account for a passing game like the one that was rolling when he was playing over there, it makes those 5 yard gains oh so much easier.

IMO he was never really that good. His numbers are deceptive in that they paint him as a better player than he ever actually was.
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I'd be a little surprised because IMO we have some guys like him already. But hey if Denver brought him on I'm sure he's good enough to play some here and there.
I think he is better than Moss and crowder.
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I think he is better than Moss and crowder.
There are half a dozen kids on the local HS team that are better than those 2...
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