The fact that Arizona Cardinals had the worst season in the NFL last year didn’t stop Edgerrin James from signing a four-year contract with them on Sunday. He explains his decision by his risky character, by the absence of fear to do something different in this life. His nature of a poker player cannot let him miss the chance. The sum of the contract runs as high as $30 million.
Having played seven seasons with the Colts, James, the two-time league rushing champion, became free-agent. He clearly understood that there was almost no chance to be taken to Indianapolis after an unlucky season that was lost to Pittsburgh in the AFC divisional round. Though having set team records for rushing attempts (2,188), yards (9,226) and touchdowns (64) James left the Colts. As Bill Polian, the president of the Colts, admitted, he had some risk by having made the decision against putting the franchise label on James what made possible for him to enter the free-agent market.
The game without Peyton Manning, Marvin Harrison and Reggie Wayne will be completely different, but James claims that Cardinals possess very good players as well. To them he refers Kurt Warner, Anquan Boldin and Larry Fitzgerald.
No doubt Arizona’s acquisition was the most striking news of the day, even in comparison with some other contracts, like that offered to Steve Hutchinson by Minnesota. His seven-year deal is worth $49 million, with guaranteed $16 million. In such a way the Vikings tended to upgrade having made the richest offer for a guard in NFL history.
WR Antwaan Randle El was also signed by the Redskins to a seven-year contract being worth $31 million, while Christian Fauria who had spent four years with New England signed a deal with Washington.
Drew Brees, a free-agent quarterback, having visited the Saints in New Orleans, left for Miami to have negotiations with the Dolphins.