Yet, the former Arizona Cardinals and Indianapolis Colts running back still finds himself unemployed as training camps are about to launch around the league.
In James’ opinion, it’s inevitable that he’ll get another shot. He has been linked to the New Orleans Saints in previous published reports.
“There are not 32 backs out there who are better than me,” James told Dave Dorsey of the Fort Myers News-Press during a youth football camp conducted this week in the former University of Miami star’s hometown of Immokalee, Fla. “I want to continue to play. I can play at a high level.”
James is about to celebrate his 31st birthday on August 1, and is coming off a career-low 514-yard rushing season.
Per the report, James said that he hasn’t been focused on football for the majority of the offseason following the death of his girlfriend in April from leukemia.
Washington Redskins running back Clinton Portis expressed confidence in his friend’s ability despite his advanced age for a running back.
“He can go anywhere in the NFL,” Portis said. “The media and the outside world, they’re always looking for the next best.
“They get bored with people who are good all the time. He’s a Hall of Fame back. His numbers speak for themselves.”
James is 123 yards behind Marcus Allen on the NFL’s all-time rushing charts.
He ranks 11th currently behind Allen (10th, 12,243 yards), Marshall Faulk (9th, 12,279 yards), Jim Brown (8th, 12,312 yards) and Tony Dorsett (7th, 12,739).