Edgerrin James Headed To The Saints?

Keith NullContributor IMay 25, 2009

CHARLOTTE, NC - JANUARY 10:  Running back Edgerrin James #32 of the Arizona Cardinals runs the ball against the Carolina Panthers during the NFC Divisional Playoff Game on January 10, 2009 at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, North Carolina.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

It’s widely speculated that the New Orleans Saints will be the landing spot for former disgruntled Arizona Cardinal runningback Edgerrin James.

James’ and the Cardinals relationship soured last season after he felt he was not being utilized properly, resulting in him being benched in favor of rookie Tim Hightower.

He eventually regained the starting job during the teams' improbale post-season Super Bowl run and actually performed very well.

It was just too late to mend the ever worsening relationship between himself and the Cardinals.

When Arizona drafted highly touted runningback Beanie Wells with the 31st pick, it was all but a done deal.

One man’s trash is another man’s treasure, they say. James could be a nice fit in New Orleans.

After all, at 31, he still has the pop and vision to pick up the short yards as well as the power to punch it in on the goal line.

He has even been called a "more elusive Deuce McAllister," and Being compared to Deuce is one heck of a compliment.

The Saints admitted that they had tried to get Beanie Wells by trading up into the first round, and obviously, they failed. They want a big back quite badly and its obvious he doesn’t believe he has that sort of talent in house.

The Saints struggled in short-yardage situations last season.

If they could have converted some key third downs and a few goal line touchdowns, you could have been looking at a playoff team.

We will keep an eye on this as it develops, but don't be surprised if the Saints make a play for James.

In fact it may already be in motion.


Keith Null is the lead writer at whodatdish.com


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