Skip to comments.Edgerrin signs 4-year Free Agent Deal with Cardinals (NFL)
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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Now the Colts need a new RB.
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.
So what, he doesn't want a superbowl ring? You've got to be kidding me.
What a dope. Arizona is where aircraft and pro football players get mothballed.
Guess he's going for the money cause it sure ain't for the ring.
$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.
Now they have one guy who can block.
Unfortunately, I cannot find fault with your analysis.
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