For months there have been whispers that Seattle could be in the works of, or at least interested in, trading for New York Jets running back Thomas Jones. Now, instead of whispers, those in the Pacific Northwest hear silence.
The Seattle Seahawks are bringing in a new rusher with only two more preseason games to go until the start of the regular season, but it’s not who you think.
According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the Seattle Seahawks have come to terms with free agent running back Edgerrin James. ProFootballTalk.com reports that the deal James agreed to is a one-year contract worth $2 million.
Edgerrin James spent the past three season in Arizona with the Cardinals. As a Cardinal, James rushed for over 1100 yards each of his first two seasons. This past season, James was relegated to a back-up role for seven games, but saw his role extend in the Cardinals’ offense during the postseason.
Julius Jones, Seattle’s starter prior to the James signing, has looked serviceable, but nothing special this preseason. Jones is also currently nursing an injury which forced him to miss Saturday’s win against the Denver Broncos at Qwest Field.
It is not clear as of yet if this signing means that Seattle will part ways with any of its current running backs. The three that were projected to make the opening day 53-man roster were Jones, T.J. Duckett and Justin Forsett.