Should the Bengals Take a Look at Edgerrin James?

What is the deal with former Colts and Cardinals RB Edgerrin James, who was dumped earlier this offseason? James is STILL looking for a place to play in 09, and as the News-Press in Fort Myers reports, he still seems to think he has a place in the NFL.

Edgerrin James, unsigned and hoping to enter his 11th NFL season as a running back, projects a carefree attitude regarding his future. “There are not 32 backs out there who are better than me,” James said with a smile. Most NFL training camps will begin Aug. 1. “I want to continue to play. I can play at a high level. “I’m not saying where I want to go. It will all take care of itself.”

As for his destination, James said he was not in a rush to decide. The death of his longtime girlfriend, Andia Wilson, has factored into his decision to remain a free agent. Wilson died April 14 after a battle with leukemia. “I had to make sure that part was taken care of first,” James said of his family, which includes four children: Edquisha, Eyahna, Edgerrin Jr. and Euro. “Now I’m getting into football more.”

Could the Bengals have some interest? While there’s been no reports of that, why not? Do you really think Cedric Benson is going to be able to carry the load the whole year? And Brian Leonard is not a feature back. It might be more of a look and see for the Bengals once camp opens.


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3 Responses to “Should the Bengals Take a Look at Edgerrin James?”

  1. jrandom42 says:

    Personally, I think the Bengals are more likely to sign Patrick Surtain than Edgerrin.

  2. […] + Matt Loede wonders if the Bengals should look at Edgerrin James. The only thing that James has at this point, that could benefit the Bengals, is name recognition. He played in 13 games last year, starting seven and finished with a 3.9 yard-per-rush average and three scores. Maybe the Bengals running backs aren’t ideal, but in truth, we don’t know. We could have a very realistic scenario in which all running backs, save for Cedric Benson, and our fullback are new. Question is, what can James bring us at this point in his career? Think of it this way. He’s still a free agent. […]

  3. DC says:

    Considering Picking up James would be a smart move i doubt the bengals will make it(Coming from a 12 year fan). Lets look at it: James had an impressive career Wants to still play and our top back is cedric “i wish i could play better” benson

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