With the salary cap situation not being the best for the Arizona Cardinals there is talk that they may cut their featured back Edgerrin James. James has a seemingly small cap number of $6.75 million for the 2008 season. The Cards would actually save $5 million of his salary if they released him.
Cardinals GM Rod Graves was asked about the situation and had the following to say, “We’ll have to see how the landscape develops as we try and get these contracts signed. I think a lot will depend on Larry Fitzgerald’s deal, whether or not we can get something in place that will allow us some flexibility. If not, we could very well be faced with some very tough decisions down the road.
“We haven’t talked candidly about where those tough decisions might be. We know if this deal is not restructured, it will entail us having to make some tough moves.”
James’ agent, Drew Rosenhaus, could not be reached for comment.
The Cardinals also are trying to re-sign linebacker Calvin Pace, who is coming off his best year in stepping in for the injured Chike Okeafor. Pace can become a free agent if no deal is reached by February 29. The Cardinals are expected to make standard tender offers to restricted free agents such as cornerback Eric Green and defensive lineman Antonio Smith.