Edgerrin James – Running Back
The Cards landed the free-agent prize of the 2006 offseason when they acquired Edgerrin James, a four-time Pro Bowler from the Indianapolis Colts. Former general manager Rod Graves enticed the running back with a four-year, $30 million contract, prying James away from a Colts offense that was led by the magnificent Peyton Manning.
James racked up 1,159 rushing yards and six touchdowns in his first campaign with the Cardinals. A year later, in 2007, the 6 foot, 219 pounder ran for 1,222 yards and seven scores on the ground.
During Arizona’s Super Bowl season of ’08, James found himself splitting time with rookie ball-carrier Tim Hightower. Following the death of the mother of his children, the 30-year-old James asked for and was granted his release from the Cards in April of ’09.