The Edge To NOLA??? I Doubt It

This article was just posetd.Ā  I think with the addition of undrafted free agents PJ Hill and Herb Donaldson (along with Mike Bell, Heath Evans and Lynell Hamilton) the Saints have no interest in James…but you never know.

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courtesy: espn.com

Where will James end up?

Edgerrin James | Cardinals | Interested: Chiefs? Seahawks? Buccaneers? Dolphins? Jaguars? Saints?

With the second-to-last pick in the draft’s first round, the Arizona Cardinals took running back Chris Wells, and the bells you hear tolling are there to signify the end of Edgerrin James‘ time in the desert.According to Kent Somers of the Arizona Republic, the team will likely be cutting the veteran running back within the next week. While James would’ve had a few more teams after him had he been released at the start of the free agent signing period, he could still find some work.

One team rumored to be interested in James is the New Orleans Saints. The Saints bid adieu to Deuce McAllister earlier this offseason, and if James were willing to accept a diminished role on the roster at first, there is a spot for him in a backfield led by Pierre Thomas and Reggie Bush. With just four picks available in this year’s draft, the team elected to focus on defense and special teams, selecting three defenders and a punter.

With Larry Johnson‘s situation not yet figured out, the Kansas City Chiefs have also been rumored to be a destination for James. If Johnson winds up being traded, the team would have unproven commodities in the backfield. To wit, Tyler Thigpen was the team’s second-leading rusher in 2008 behind LJ. The Seattle Seahawks and Tampa Bay Buccaneers have some question marks in the backfield as well, and could be in the mix for James too.

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As with the Bucs, both the Jacksonville Jaguars and Miami Dolphins have also been mentioned as possible destinations for James, given that he is a Florida native. However, Miami already has a long-in-the-tooth running back in Ricky Williams, and the Jaguars would be using James only as an insurance policy should Maurice Jones-Drew break down. Jags coach Jack Del Rio has already emphasized that Greg Jones will be seeing a heavier workload this season, and seventh round draftee Rashad Jennings may also get some work in his rookie campaign.

James proved throughout the playoffs last season that he still has a bit of fuel left in the tank. The tough part now will be to find a new team that will give him a legitimate chance to earn the starting job, because he’ll be most effective as the primary back in an offense. Although he’s nearing the 3,000 carry mark on his odometer – with 430 receptions to boot – a few teams will certainly come calling upon his official release.

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One Response

  1. If Edgerrin James became a Saint, this would be awesome! šŸ™‚ I hope that this happens one day. šŸ™‚

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