Edgerrin James Expected To Sign with New Orleans Saints

Tanner ThomsSenior Analyst IMay 6, 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)

Former Indianapolis Colt and Arizona Cardinal, Edgerrin James, is expected to sign with the New Orleans within the next couple of days.

Edgerrin was cut a week ago after multiple times of asking to either be released or traded. His wish came true after nearly four months of requests.

The Saints are looking for a running back that can be a good change-of-pace back behind Reggie Bush and Pierre Thomas.

Bush has proven that he's more of a receiving running back, and Pierre Thomas is not an ever-down-runner yet.

“There’s been talk about Edgerrin James, and we’ve spent some time evaluating that prospect,” Saints General Manager Mickey Loomis told NFL.com. “We’ll continue to do that.

"We haven’t made any decision or closed any doors on acquiring another running back if we feel that’s something we need to do. We do feel a lot better about what we have in-house than people do outside of our building.”

New Orleans also signed un-drafted rookie running back, P.J. Hill, following the 2009 NFL draft.

P.J. is a physical running back, but he won't make much of a difference on the Saints team if he happens to make it by some chance.

Edgerrin is a former Pro-Bowl running back who rushed for 514 yards and three touchdowns last season. He has rushed for 12,121 career yards and 72 touchdowns in his entire career.

He has definitely lost a step in his ability to run over the defenders, but he's still a good running back that can certainly help out a team's running game.

Expect James to have a contract with New Orleans very soon.

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