The Razor's Edge: Edgerrin James Released

Jon AlbaCorrespondent IApril 28, 2009

TAMPA, FL - FEBRUARY 01:  Quarterback Kurt Warner #13 of the Arizona Cardinals hands the ball off to running back Edgerrin James #32 against the Pittsburgh Steelers during Super Bowl XLIII on February 1, 2009 at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida.  (Photo by Chris McGrath/Getty Images)

In a move that was very much long anticipated, the NFC Champion Arizona Cardinals have released ill-tempered running back Edgerrin James.  He was entering his final year of a four-year/$30 million deal.

James had been extremely unhappy with Cardinals management as well as talent, feeling that he was being forced into becoming a "blocking back."  He demonstrated his unhappiness when in the midst of a deep playoff run in 2008, he claimed he would not be returning with the team regardless of their postseason outcome. 

Edgerrin would go on to continuously share time with J.J. Arrington, and despite heating up rather quickly on the field, still displayed he was upset.

This past Sunday, the Cardinals drafted running back Chris "Beanie" Wells out of Ohio State, thus signifying the end of "The Edge" in Arizona.  While this was all occurring, it was revealed that James himself was even unaware of the draft status, and was actually attending a Miami Heat playoff game in Florida.

James stands as first in all rushing yards amongst active players, but only rushed for 514 yards with three touchdowns in 2008.

The former Miami Hurricane alumnus was drafted in 1999 with the fourth overall pick by the Indianapolis Colts.

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