Unrestricted free agent Edgerrin James and his agent, Drew Rosenhaus, will reportedly visit with the Arizona Cardinals on Saturday.
The Cardinals are wasting no time in pursuing the top running back in the free agent market by hosting him on the first day of free agency. And Arizona is in the third-best shape out of all the teams in the NFL with just under $30 million dollars of cap money available. So there is speculation that the Cardinals will put a huge deal in front of James that convince him and his agent not to even bother shopping around. The Cardinals have been in situations in the past where they've set the benchmark for a player's services, only to be outbid. According to one source, they want to avoid that from happening with James. With quarterback Kurt Warner re-signed and a highly respected pair of wide receivers in Anquan Boldin and Larry Fitzgerald, James is perceived by many to be the missing link that could balance the offense and make it even more formidable.
One potential sore spot in negotiating with the Cardinals is head coach Dennis Green's policy of having all of his players show up for offseason workouts in Arizona. James has shown a preference for skipping those and working out on his own at home in Florida.
The 27-year old running back enters free agency rated as the top back after NFL MVP Shaun Alexander recently signed an 8-year, $62 million contract. He's coming off a Pro Bowl season with 1,506 yards rushing, 13 touchdowns and 44 receptions despite sitting out large portions of the season's final two games after the Colts had clinched home-field advantage in the playoffs.
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