Edgerrin James lands in Seattle

Patience, in the end, has paid off for veteran tailback Edgerrin James.

A league source tells us the ten-year pro has agreed to terms with the Seattle Seahawks.

Per the source, it’s a one-year, $2 million deal.

James, the fourth overall pick in the 1999 draft, spent seven seasons with the Colts.  He then signed a four-year deal with the Cardinals, who released him with one season remaining, at a base salary of $5 million.

The Cardinals initially declined to grant James his release, cutting him only after securing Beanie Wells with the 31st pick in the 2009 draft. 

The Saints, who admitted that they tried to trade up to get Wells, reportedly were interested in James, but nothing ever materialized.

James currently has the eleventh highest career rushing total in league history, more than the likes of Franco Harris, Thurman Thomas, and John
Riggins.

James trails Marcus Allen by only 122 yards, and James is
only 158 behind Marshall Faulk. 

James would pass Jim Brown 33 yards later,
and Tony Dorsett would be leapfrogged another 427 after that.

The former University of Miami star joins a depth chart in Seattle that includes Julius Jones, T.J. Duckett, Justin Forsett, and Devin Moore.  James’ arrival might be bad news for Duckett, given that the tailbacks below second position typically are expected to play special teams.

Duckett is under contract through 2012, and he’s due to receive a base salary in 2009 of $2.5 million.  Jones is due to pocket $1.95 million in base salary.

Appearing in 16 games last season, Duckett rushed for only 172 yards.  Jones generated 698 yards on the ground.

So, yeah, Duckett could be the odd man out.

Both Duckett and Jones were signed while Shaun Alexander, the 2005 MVP was still on the roster.  Alexander later was cut.

He has since made no bones about his desire to play again, and the team’s decision to take a chance on James likely has prompted Alexander to mutter more than a few bad words.

22 responses to “Edgerrin James lands in Seattle

  1. i feel bad for the guy. he got a bad rep just for being old. dont forget people, this guy is in the top 10 of all time rushing. and he was in the superbowl last year. and seattle has learned to not expect much from their running game.
    good for you, edge. i hope you round off a good career with a solid 1000 yarder

  2. I like Edge more than J. Jones or Duckett, but I sure hope he has a Left Tackle in his luggage some where!

  3. I am excited to see how this works out. I do wish Shaun Alexander had more in him. I would have loved to see him back and playing hard…. for old times sake.

  4. Duckett has got to be the odd man out. If theres anything Duckett is decent at, it’s short yardage situations and blocking. Well your not paying 3 RB’s 2 million each, and Jones was more productive and doesn’t have the similarities that Duckett and James do. I am sure they told James he would start, so it would make more sense to have Jones and James be your 2 active RB’s and let Duckett go.

  5. Edgerrin James lands in Seattle? WTF??
    Nothing against Edge, but Seattle SHOULD have made a SERIOUS play for Thomas Jones!
    Jones seems like the odd man out because he can’t stay healthy.
    Seattle really needs to find a YOUNG shifty fast running back that they can count on.

  6. well he wont be happy with sharing touches…
    i dont think he will help that much against st. loo or frisco…
    but with his desire for revenge, and the fact that a plodder can keep the law firm of fitzgerald, boldin and warner sidelined…
    he should help seattle out against the cards.

  7. James, Jones and Forsett seem to be a decent way to go. I’m sure Devin Moore would clear waivers and make it to their practice squad.

  8. I am stoked to have James come to my team. I have never liked Jones who is no better than many 2nd strings backs. Seattle needed some changes and Housh/James/Curry/Butler are all things Seattle fans should be excited about. I believe he is gonna be a great addition to the offense our running backs are sorry in comparison to the rest of the NFL.

  9. fumblenuts..why should seattle have made a move for thomas jones for one he is 31 and two the jets would have been looking for one of are 1st round picks at next years draft and hes not worth that much at his age

  10. gar says:
    August 24, 2009 6:47 PM
    fumblenuts..why should seattle have made a move for thomas jones for one he is 31 and two the jets would have been looking for one of are 1st round picks at next years draft and hes not worth that much at his age
    You really think James is the answer?
    Do you remember how Thomas Jones played last year? Look it up.
    Heck, give them Deion Branch and J. Jones and a later round pick.

  11. Wonder how much of a discount Edge gave the Hawks so he could play the Redbirds twice a season. Those two games could be a “get your Popcorn ready” event

  12. FumbleNuts says: August 24, 2009 8:07 PM
    gar says:
    August 24, 2009 6:47 PM
    fumblenuts..why should seattle have made a move for thomas jones for one he is 31 and two the jets would have been looking for one of are 1st round picks at next years draft and hes not worth that much at his age
    ————————————-
    You really think James is the answer?
    Do you remember how Thomas Jones played last year? Look it up.
    Heck, give them Deion Branch and J. Jones and a later round pick.
    ———————————————-
    dude you are a tard… you can’t just throw whatever you want at a team. why would the Jets have any interest in J. Jones? they have Washington and Shonn Greene. Also no team is going to want Deion Branch in a trade. The Jets have Cotchery and Stuckey plus some other young unproven recievers.
    This is real life bro… Trading in the NFL isn’t like it is in Madden. Thomas Jones, yeah he had a good year last year but that’ll be his last. Why do you think that the Jets won’t redo his contract? Why do you think the Jets used a 3rd round pick on Shonn Greene? Why do you think Thomas Jones didn’t get traded? (Because all the teams know he isn’t worth more than a 6th round pick… Last year isn’t fooling anyone. Good O-Line equals production at RB)

  13. I totally agree Thomas Jones isnt good anymore and hes old. With Edge he is one of the all time best RB’s and has great experience

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