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Edgerrin signs 4-year Free Agent Deal with Cardinals (NFL)
ESPN.com ^ | 3/12/2005 | Len Pasquarelli

Posted on 03/12/2006 2:15:05 PM PST by Ultra Sonic 007

Less than a week after coach Dennis Green declared that his team would not do any shopping in the higher-priced aisles of the free agent market, the Arizona Cardinals landed one of the highest-profile players in the entire pool on Sunday, signing former Indianapolis Colts star tailback Edgerrin James.

In terms of productivity and star quality, they don't get much bigger than James, a four-time Pro Bowl performer, in free agency. And in terms of compensation, contracts for tailbacks don't get much bigger than the one James signed in culminating his weekend visit with Arizona officials and coaches.

ESPN.com has confirmed that the four-year contract is worth $30 million. James received an initial signing bonus of $7 million and will pocket a $4.5 million roster bonus on the seventh day of the 2006 league year, essentially the end of this week. The base salaries in the contract are $3.25 million (for 2006), $5.25 million (2007), $5 million (2008) and $5 million (2009).

The deal is in keeping with the way the Cardinals prefer to structure contracts, in that it is not dramatically back-loaded, and includes base salaries that remain fairly flat over the term of the contract.

For the first two seasons of the contract, James will earn $20 million and will make $25 million over the first three seasons. By comparison, the eight-year, $62 million contract signed by Shaun Alexander with the Seattle Seahawks last week will pay the reigning league most valuable player $18.525 million in the first two seasons and $23 million for the first three years.

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TOPICS: Sports
KEYWORDS: afc; cardinals; colts; edgerrinjames; football; james; nfc; nfl; profootball
Bye bye James.
1 posted on 03/12/2006 2:15:10 PM PST by Ultra Sonic 007
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Now the Colts need a new RB.

2 posted on 03/12/2006 2:16:02 PM PST by Ultra Sonic 007 (Hitler and Stalin have nothing on Abortion)
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To: Ultra Sonic 007
And James will play in futility.
3 posted on 03/12/2006 4:06:45 PM PST by rikkir (My goal this year: Push a Moonbat over the edge by increasing our majorities!!)
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To: Ultra Sonic 007

His career as he knew it is now over.

He will either get hurt, suck real bad, or both.

Its the curse of the Cards.

I loathe that team, I will help them load up the trucks and move that multilegged cancer out of this town.


4 posted on 03/12/2006 4:08:15 PM PST by Central Scrutiniser (In your heart, you know I'm right.)
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To: Ultra Sonic 007

So what, he doesn't want a superbowl ring? You've got to be kidding me.


5 posted on 03/12/2006 4:33:39 PM PST by sabe@q.com (Yes, I'm a SW freak!)
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To: marajade

What a dope. Arizona is where aircraft and pro football players get mothballed.


6 posted on 03/12/2006 5:13:42 PM PST by Dog Gone
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To: Dog Gone

Guess he's going for the money cause it sure ain't for the ring.


7 posted on 03/12/2006 7:11:15 PM PST by sabe@q.com (Yes, I'm a SW freak!)
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To: rikkir

$30 million, gets to play the majority of his games in nice weather, starts vacation every year at the end of December, and isn't associated with Gagging Manning anymore? Sounds like a no brainer to me.


8 posted on 03/13/2006 2:55:22 AM PST by chief_bigfoot ("isn't THAT amazing?" - Ron Popiel)
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To: Ultra Sonic 007

Now they have one guy who can block.


9 posted on 03/13/2006 5:32:20 AM PST by Kokojmudd (Outsource US Senate to Dubai! Put Walmart in charge of all Federal agencies!)
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To: chief_bigfoot

Unfortunately, I cannot find fault with your analysis.


10 posted on 03/13/2006 5:37:50 AM PST by verity (The MSM is comprised of useless eaters)
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