In a move that does not come as a shock, the Cards today officially announced the release of veteran running back Edgerrin James. The move was expected to take place by this weekend, before the Cardinals hold their first mini-camp of the offseason.
James was not the only one to get the ax, as the team also released cornerback Rod Hood and defensive end/linebacker Travis LaBoy. James, who came to the team in a huge free agent deal from the Colts three seasons ago, was the biggest name of the three to be released.
“It’s never easy to release veteran players who have contributed to the team’s success and these three individuals certainly fall into that category,” head coach Ken Whisenhunt said in a team statement. “But like every decision we make, it simply comes down to what is in the best interest of our football team and what gives us the best chance for success. We’re grateful to all three of them for their contributions and wish them nothing but the best in the future.”
Edge started in 39 games during his tenure in Arizona with 794 carries for 2,895 yards and 16 touchdowns and rushed for over 1,000 yards in both 2006 (1,159) and 2007 (1,222). He had a weird 2008 season, as at one point he asked for his release, only to then make a big comeback at the end of the year, and lead the team in rushing in the playoffs and was the starter at RB for the team in Super Bowl XLIII.
Hood played the past two seasons for the Cardinals after signing as a free agent in 2007. He appeared in 31 games (30 starts) collecting 105 tackles and six interceptions in addition to playing in all four postseason contests last season. LaBoy appeared in 13 games last season after signing as a free agent in 2008. He had 38 tackles and four sacks to go along with one forced fumble and one fumble recovery.