by Josh AlperNeil Young
Edgerrin James is just such a running back. One of the most explosive backs in football during his Colts tenure, he's been ordinary or worse since getting to Arizona. He was replaced in the starting lineup by Tim Hightower, an undrafted rookie, earlier this year and has just three carries in the last three games.
That disuse is grating on him and, according to ProFootballTalk.com, led him to ask the Cardinals to release him recently. Although he's struggled mightily this year, James would have found a home with Detroit or some other dreg of the league. He may have even been the answer to the revolving door in the backfield for Denver, but anything would be better than riding third-string, J.J. Arrington handles third-down duties in the desert, with no future.
The team passed on the idea, reasoning that they'd already paid him a big chunk of money and that they may need him if Hightower and Arrington get hurt before the year is out. It's hard to imagine they'll bring him back for another $5 million next year, though. That would put James in the same position that another Crazy Horse fan, Shaun Alexander, was in this offseason.
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