Seattle Seahawks Running Game Take on an Old Edge

Rustyn RoseContributor IAugust 25, 2009

GLENDALE, AZ - JANUARY 18:  Running back Edgerrin James #32 of the Arizona Cardinals celebrates after winning the NFC championship game against the Philadelphia Eagles on January 18, 2009 at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona. The Cardinals defeated the Eagles 32-25 to advance to the Super Bowl.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

I wrote an article for Top Fantasy Football last week called  Off The Radar RB’s Who Could Make Noise in 2009. Go read the article if you are so inclined.

In it I discussed a handful of free agent running backs who could show up on someone’s team this season and make an impact for fantasy teams. One such free agent is Edgerrin James. While rumors were swirling that perhaps the Seahawks would add the veteran presence of Warrick Dunn, they have supposedly pulled the cord on signing the 31-year-old former Arizona Cardinal.

James is reportedly signing a one year, $2 million dollar deal to reinforce one of the worst running games in football. Feature back Julius Jones has done little to inspire the Seahawks, and T.J. Duckett was merely a goal-line back.

Edge’s signing certainly means the end of the road for Duckett, who now becomes expendable. The team still has Justin Forsett waiting in the wings, but Forsett is not feature back material. Though a cockroach with cleats could probably outplay Julius Jones at this point.

How effective James will be is hard to say, but one imagines he has to be more formidable even at this stage of his career than who they have already. Perhaps they should dump Jones too and snag Dunn as well. Just a thought.

The Seahawks brass is keeping mum about the signing, but it’s a done deal. Edge is now a Seasquab. He brings to the team 10 years of pro experience, eight seasons of 1000+ yards rushing, and is 11th on the all time rushing list. He needs only about 430 yards this season to jump to 7th place, passing Marcus Allen, Marshall Faulk, Jim Brown and Tony Dorsett.

The fantasy impact of this signing is likely minimal. At this point Edge is at best an RB4 option. Then again, the old man could surprise us all.

I wonder if we’ll see Duckett signing with New England or Denver now.