35-Year-Old Running Back – Free Agent
2013 Fantasy Football Outlook
There was no outlook written for Edgerrin James in 2013. Check out the latest news below for more on his current fantasy value.
Edgerrin James Contract Information:
Waived by the Seahawks in November of 2009.
James has officially retired from football, the Indianapolis Star reports.
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Edgerrin James: Past News Updates ( ▲ View most recent update )
Exclusive Fantasy Analysis (FREE PREVIEW)The Seahawks needed the roster space to add a receiver. James wasn't getting much action anyway. He rushed six times for 17 yards at Dallas on Sunday. He did enough, though, in his seven games with the Seahawks to move into 10th place on the all-time rushing list with 12,246 yards. Justin Forsett now has the backup role to himself.
Exclusive Fantasy Analysis (FREE PREVIEW)This was assumed, but it's good to hear coach Jim Mora officially clarify the roles. "Julius is going to be our workhorse, our lead dog," said Mora, who described James as a "complementary back."
Exclusive Fantasy Analysis (FREE PREVIEW)Not content with T.J. Duckett and Justin Forsett as backups, the Seahawks signed James as an insurance policy for Julius Jones. Short-yardage RB Duckett was released to make room for the more versatile James, while Forsett will remain the third-string RB. For his part, Jones thinks he'll be unaffected. "I do know that whatever happens doesn't have any impact on me," Jones said. It all sounds like a fine plan, except if that James does have to assume every-down back status the Seahawks will be in trouble because James is pretty much washed up.
Exclusive Fantasy Analysis (FREE PREVIEW)While James is 31 years old and carries a lot of mileage, he enters a backfield where he could win carries with Julius Jones and T.J. Duckett as the top two backs. Watch his progress the next two weeks in training camp.
Exclusive Fantasy Analysis (FREE PREVIEW)"There are not 32 backs out there who are better than me," James said on Tuesday. "I want to continue to play. I can play at a high level." James' best bet for a significant role in 2009 is if a team loses its starting running back to an injury. James is likely past his prime -- he will turn 31 on Aug. 1 -- but he still has something to offer. He rushed for 100 yards on 14 carries in Week 17 last year and he averaged 3.9 YPC on 61 postseason carries. James could be useful as a part-timer this season.
RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks
There was no outlook written for Edgerrin James.
James totaled 1,426 yards with seven touchdowns in 2007, but he wasn't all that valuable in doing so. His 324 carries were just one shy of leading the NFL, yet his longest run of the season was 27 yards. He had just four runs of more than 20 yards, as his big-play ability is all but gone. He's no longer much of a threat as a receiver and got just 3.8 YPC. Forget the overall stats based on a bunch of carries, on a week-to-week basis, James is a below-average option. Additionally, James' goal-line role is a question mark heading into training camp. If James loses his goal-line role, that would be the dagger in his already sinking value. He'll be 30 when the season starts, is coming off five straight 300-plus carry campaigns and has accrued 2,849 rushing attempts throughout his career. It's only going to get worse.
Leaving the Coltsí high-powered offense and stout offensive line for the desert didnít exactly go as planned, as James averaged a paltry 2.8 YPC during the first half of last season. Despite 226 carries through 12 weeks, James didnít record a single 100-yard rushing game, as his offensive line struggled mightily to open up any running lanes. Things began to improve late in the year, when James posted three 100-yard games and three scores over the final five weeks. With Matt Leinartís continued maturation and possibly the best wide receiver duo in the league, the Cardinals offense should be better. A new coaching regime can only help, as Ken Whisenhunt will bring the Steelersí smashmouth culture to Arizona. James underwent minor clean-up surgery during the offseason, draining fluid from his knee. He was already good to go by minicamp, so itís nothing to worry about. That he even showed up to voluntary minicamp in April shows heís motivated for a bounce-back year. Whisenhuntís goal is 325 carries for James, so heíll be given plenty of opportunities this season.
James put together his second straight impressive campaign in 2005, rushing for more than 1,500 yards once again and scoring 14 touchdowns. Heís not quite as fast as he was pre-knee injury and his cuts aren't quite as sharp, but he still has more than enough ability to do serious damage in the right system. The big question mark with James heading into 2006, of course, is whether heís still in the right system. From a historical perspective, taking the cash to go play for Arizona is a no-win scenario. The Cardinals have been so bad for so long that their fans still think the Jake Plummer-era was a golden age. Although his two-year record in the desert doesnít show it, Dennis Green does seem to have the organization pointed in the right direction. The pieces are in place for a great NFL offense, while the defense has been remarkably solid for two straight seasons. More specifically, both Kurt Warner and Matt Leinart are comfortable in offenses that utilize the running back in the passing game, something that plays to Jamesí strengths, and the twin home run threats of Anquan Boldin and Larry Fitzgerald on the outside should leave plenty of space in the secondary.The Cardinalsí offensive line is a different story. Not that the Arizona backfield has been loaded with talent in recent seasons, but the team has not had a 1,000-yard rusher since Adrian Murrell in 1998. (Emmitt Smith has come closest in the years since, gaining 937 yards in his 2004 swan song.) This is still a team unfriendly to running back production until it proves otherwise. Greenís offense in Minnesota seemed to produce quality fantasy backs almost despite itself, but Robert Smith Ė probably the most talented RB Greenís Vikings had, though one with a very different skill set than James Ė never had a truly outstanding season with Greenís Vikings. Whether the coach can adapt his style to take full advantage of Jamesí skills, and whether Edge can adjust to being in an offense not quite as potent as the Coltsí remains to be seen. 9/3 Update: James finished a lackluster preseason with seven carries for one yard and two receptions for 11 yards. He says that he is not concerned, but the Cards' weak offensive line should give fantasy owners some concern. Edge is still a top-flight running back, but he will have trouble replicating his traditional numbers in 2006.
Three years after undergoing surgery to repair a torn ACL, it looked as though James was all the way back in 2004. Not only did he play 16 games for the first time since the injury, but he averaged a career-high 4.6 yards per carry. James also caught 51 passes for the second straight year and averaged 9.5 yards per reception, tying his career-high. In other words, James had better per-touch production than in any season of his career including his monstrous pre-injury 1999 or 2000 campaigns. James excelled in every area except one in 2004, and that was around the goal line. James tied for the fourth most attempts inside the five at 23, but he converted just five, giving him the second-worst percentage among all backs with 15 or more attempts. And James also struggled inside the five in 2003 with just eight touchdowns in 24 attempts. Normally, it would be hard to explain how a back averaging 4.6 yards per carry could struggle to get two or three yards at the goal line when the defense has so many other weapons to worry about, but in some ways the goal-line struggles tell a story obscured by the impressive overall stats. The Colts donít have a real red-zone receiver, a big target like a Randy Moss or a Tony Gonzalez. And inside the five is the one place where Indy canít spread the field and keep safeties 20 yards off the line of scrimmage. Itís the only place where James doesnít have the tremendous advantage of being the least of the defenseís worries. And in those situations, he hasnít done well. That could mean heís really not all the way back to his explosive pre-injury form, and despite the stats, we get that sense while watching him play.
Although James scored just twice and averaged a paltry 3.8 yards per carry in last seasonís first half, he turned into a poor manís Priest Holmes during the final eight games, with nine rushing TDs and a 4.2-yard rushing average. James also broke his string of consecutive plays from scrimmage without a gain over 20 yards, which dated back to before his knee injury in 2001, but heís clearly not the explosive runner he was during his first two seasons in the league. James does play in a very RB-friendly offense, however. He was second in the NFL in attempts inside the opponentís 10-yard-line last year with 35, though he converted only nine times. Going back to 2000, James has scored on just 23 percent of his carries inside the 10, well below average.
Truth be told, James looked nimble enough as a receiver last year, but we wonder if he'll ever be a true power runner again. James was the type of back who didn't mind running over defenders during his first three seasons, but he wasn't anything like that last year Ė he was particularly ineffective as a goal-line and short-yardage back. He also didn't have a single carry over 20 yards, a telling stat. Don't listen to anyone who gushes over how great James's comeback was last year Ė he wasn't anywhere near the player we saw over the first three seasons. If James does make it to the fourth round or later, then your needs to that point in the draft will dictate whether you take the plunge. We can assure you he'll be one of the players we scrutinize most during training camp.