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ROSENHAUS CONFIRMS THAT JAMES ASKED OUT OF ARIZONA

Agent Drew Rosenhaus tells John Clayton of ESPN.com that running back Edgerrin James has asked the Cardinals to release him, and that the team has declined.
The story was first reported by a media outlet that Clayton and/or his editors have gone out of their way to avoid acknowledging, first attributing the story to “Internet reports” (what is this, 2001?) and then in an updated version vaguely crediting “news reports.”
Edgerrin isn’t trying to cause any problems,” Rosenhaus said.  “He has had a Hall of Fame career and he has enjoyed his stay in Arizona.  But it’s apparent that he’s probably not going to be back with the Cardinals next season.  If that’s the case, he can move and help another team and get a start now.”
The problem is that, because the trade deadline has passed, James would be exposed to the waivers process, which could result in James being claimed by the Lions or the Bengals or the Chiefs. 
Any team that would claim James would need to have sufficient cap space to account for his prorated $5 million salary.
Still, none of that matters since it appears very unlikely at this point that the Cardinals would cut James.

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31 Responses to “ROSENHAUS CONFIRMS THAT JAMES ASKED OUT OF ARIZONA”
  1. titans_fan says: Nov 19, 2008 10:25 PM

    WTF? Ride the pine, cash your checks, and be glad you’re on a playoff team. Who knows, maybe you’ll get a ring from it all. It would almost make up for you leaving Andy a year too soon.

  2. jimicos says: Nov 19, 2008 10:28 PM

    Gotta love it when Rosenturd rears his ugly face.

  3. lezmaka says: Nov 19, 2008 10:30 PM

    “The story was first reported by a media outlet that Clayton and/or his editors have gone out of their way to avoid acknowledging…”
    There ya go again, getting a big head and thinking you’re actually part of the media.

  4. titans_fan says: Nov 19, 2008 10:44 PM

    Indy, not Andy! Goddamn spellcheck!

  5. WeskerLogan says: Nov 19, 2008 10:45 PM

    Hall of Fame career? Please.

  6. rasalas says: Nov 19, 2008 10:47 PM

    The difference is that PFT simply uses nebulous statements such as “we’re told” that James wanted out. That’s not reporting, especially under a section called Rumor Mill (which emphasizes that you’re just posting anything that comes your way from any “source).
    John Clayton, on the other hand, actually called a reliable in-the-know source, James’ agent, and quoted him on the subject with more details. That’s reporting.
    When PFT actually does reporting, it might matter more that it was first on a story.

  7. peter007phxaz says: Nov 19, 2008 10:48 PM

    Edge has a SB ring. The Colts voted to give him one. they felt his previous contributions earned it for him. Or maybe it was just hanging with them SB week that did it. It ain’t the same as winning one playing though. And if by some miracle the Cards win a SB this year it’ll probably suck for him riding the pine.

  8. patspsycho says: Nov 19, 2008 10:58 PM

    Cut the cards on that one!

  9. webdeke says: Nov 19, 2008 10:58 PM

    Hey ‘lemaka’, the Internet is and has been the most popular form of media in the world for years. PFT is Top 5 in viewership when it comes to NFL sites and it consistently breaks news and stories before whales like ESPN.com and Fox Sports. Saying Florio isn’t part of the media is like saying Grady Jackson is svelte and Rachel Ray is hot. Wake up and smell reality…

  10. jets2121 says: Nov 19, 2008 11:12 PM

    Why didnt they just deal him before the tradde deadline? I mean it seems pretty obvious you dont want to pay that kind of cash to a dude sittin on the bench the rest of the year.

  11. teddybayer says: Nov 19, 2008 11:59 PM

    I honestly think crack whores have more honesty, integrity and motivation
    than does Drew Rosenhouse(sic). Is a new situation always better than
    what presently exists? Because if Hightower gets hurt and Edge “shows up”…oh,
    never mind.
    And the irony is, when you think about it, these days, Drew Rosenhaauuss is
    a better citizen these days than Leigh Steinberg. Hey! Leigh! Did you claim
    the hill, or make a statement, or make a plea, or do penence?
    Whore in a world of whore-dom.

  12. MarkB says: Nov 20, 2008 12:17 AM

    The Crypt Keeper strikes again.

  13. fmfnavydoc says: Nov 20, 2008 12:22 AM

    WTF is Rosenhaus talking about…dude is nothing more than a gravytraining MOFO…he’s worried about the gravy running out so he wont be able to ladle it off the top of his “clients”…
    Edge should just sit on the bench and let the season ride out…hell, if he got what he wanted, he could end up in Detroit or Cincy….and that would REALLY SUCK!

  14. CaptainFantastik says: Nov 20, 2008 12:27 AM

    Hall of Fame career? That’s a bit of a stretch I think.
    And why would the Cardinals care if James was picked up by the Chiefs, the Bungles, or the Lions? All of those teams are horrible and won’t be anywhere near the playoff hunt.

  15. brian_21 says: Nov 20, 2008 1:42 AM

    The “we’re told” is more of a style thing. I mean, lots of times, FLorio says we … and it’s just him. But PFT has broken plenty of stuff, including this Edge thing. Clearly, the source was reliabe, rasalas. PFT has its faults and bad stories, as do all other publications. However, there was zero fault with this story, and PFT did break the story.
    PS webdeke, Rachel Ray is unquestionably hot!

  16. thepatriotsneverhold says: Nov 20, 2008 5:02 AM

    “rasalas says: Blah, Blah, Blah” (see the post). I say…thank you Mr. Clayton for your clar-a-fi-ca-tion.
    “nebulous statements” LMAO!
    ( You got beat, chump )

  17. JCGONZO says: Nov 20, 2008 5:06 AM

    trade him to Detroit for a box of face masks

  18. JCGONZO says: Nov 20, 2008 5:08 AM

    I cant wait till this weekend, NY is gonna expose AZ and Kurt Warner for the losers they really are…
    check my blog next week the title will be “They are who we thought they were…”

  19. willy3411 says: Nov 20, 2008 6:59 AM

    Isn’t the Canadian Football League just about over ?? Seriously, it’s all about the money ain’t it Edge.

  20. patsfan1776 says: Nov 20, 2008 7:12 AM

    I love the PFT/Florio haters that visit and post comments on a site they hate.
    Florio,
    Just to reach total potential, you may want to start a PFT Haters site and sell PFT Haters SWAG. I would do it myself but I spend all my time being bitter about things that don’t really matter.

  21. brasho says: Nov 20, 2008 7:58 AM

    Gee, which team has a need at RB and a boatload of cap space? BUC-COS! Of course Arizona will Green Bay James on this for fear of him going to the Bucs and coming back to hurt them in the playoffs.

  22. RobJH says: Nov 20, 2008 8:05 AM

    I gotta go with brian_21, Rachel Ray is definitely hot, plus she’s rich and can cook, how many rich hotties do you know that can actually cook?

  23. Mbehavin2 says: Nov 20, 2008 8:42 AM

    The last time one of Rosenhaus’ clients started down this path it ended up with that clown being suspended for 4 games without pay and eventually cut. That did not work out as Rosenhaus and that client hoped that season. Eventually the client ended up with the biggest enabler in all of the NFL, Jerry Jones. The client – was the driveway workout press conference holder himself – Owens.
    I believe Edge has a lot more common sense than Owens so I hope he will do what he can this year and work on his release in the off season.

  24. smiley says: Nov 20, 2008 9:15 AM

    Why would you want to be released from a playoff team…the Cards might clinch the division this week. WTF? You’re getting paid to be a backup at this point..ON A PLAYOFF TEAM!!! Oh yeah…Hall of Fame? I don’t think so….you were once a good back but HOF? Ehhhhh…HAIL!

  25. Mark Troy says: Nov 20, 2008 9:24 AM

    Sorry, Rachel Ray is fat.
    But I’d eat her food.

  26. overkil2 says: Nov 20, 2008 9:53 AM

    “Edge has a SB ring. The Colts voted to give him one”
    That is a joke and a slap in the face to all those who actually won a superbowl. Anyone with self-respect wouldn’t take it.
    So what if he contributed to their team other years, he dumped them because of money iirc.
    I live in Miami and have follwed him since he played at the U, but he needs to STFU and do what he can to support his team. They have a chance to get a 1st round bye and he wants out? Talk about being selfish.

  27. peter007phxaz says: Nov 20, 2008 10:26 AM

    Considering all the times that Edge saved Manning from being blasted by a safety blitz in the years before the Colts SB win he may have earned it.
    But I would have turned it down too.

  28. Vox Veritas says: Nov 20, 2008 10:27 AM

    “The last time one of Rosenhaus’ clients started down this path it ended up with that clown being suspended for 4 games without pay and eventually cut. That did not work out as Rosenhaus and that client hoped that season. Eventually the client ended up with the biggest enabler in all of the NFL, Jerry Jones.”
    Dude, you’re out of touch. All either of them wanted was for TO to get cut so he could get out of a bad situation and into a better one. And guess what? They got exactly that. And don’t be jealous of Jerry Jones. If stature in the league and willingness to take chances to win were equivalent to height, he’s Manute Bol to Lurie’s Herve Villechaize. And not the affable Herve circa Fantasy Island… the pathetic unemployed drunken one that killed himself. TO tried to get himself out of that shithole in the off-season and they quite stupidly wouldn’t let him go so it drug into the following season. The “they” I’m talking about is one of the worst managed teams in the NFL… the Philadelphia Eagles. And if you doubt THAT, you’ll get confirmation when both Reid AND McNabb return to them next year. I only hope that the Cardinals are smarter in dealing with Edge than the Eagles were in dealing with Owens but now that I think about it, how could they not be?

  29. patspsycho says: Nov 20, 2008 11:03 AM

    Rachel Ray isn’t just fat, she also cheats.

  30. Vox Veritas says: Nov 20, 2008 11:06 AM

    er… “dragged”.

  31. Orenthal James says: Nov 20, 2008 11:11 AM

    Wait… I thought Edge was enjoying being a mentor to Hightower? They were best of friends and he was just so supportive. I personally thought they might consider marriage in Connecticut. What happened on the way to the altar?

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