I think that’s the question Seahawks fans are asking themselves this morning – will Edgerrin James help improve the team’s running game?
Apparently the Seahawks brass thinks so, as James is expected to be in town today and may even suit up for this morning’s practice. He’ll reportedly sign a one-year, $2 million deal with the team.
One thing is certain – the Seahawks did not feel comfortable with the possibility of T.J. Duckett being the every-down back if Julius Jones got hurt during the season. Duckett appeared slow to get to the hole in the team’s outside run game, where someone a little quicker to the line of scrimmage may have popped through for some extra yards against Denver.
The team reportedly waived Duckett to make room for James on the 80-man roster.
While James obviously doesn’t have the speed of his younger years, at 31-years old he still has enough quickness to hit the hole in the team’s zone running game and get positive yardage.
I think the team likes Justin Forsett in his role as a third-down, change-of-pace back and does not want to him to take the punishment as an every-down back.
James also is known for his toughness, is a willing blocker in the passing game and still is a pretty good pass catcher out of the backfield.
And James has some personal goals that are still attainable. Sitting at 12,121 yards, James is 11th overall on the all-time rushing list, with Marcus Allen (12,243), Marshall Faulk (12,279) and Jim Brown (12,312) all well within reach.
And our own Dave Boling takes a look at the growing concerns facing the offensive line with Chris Spencer out.
KJR’s Jason Puckett talked with Arizona Cardinals beat writer Darren Urban about James and what type of impact he may have with Seattle in this audio link.
Some opinion from the folks at NFL.com on how James will fit in with the Seahawks.
ESPN’s Mike Sando discusses the financial ramifications of waiving Duckett and signing James.
Brock Huard of ESPN 710 Seattle, who played with James at Indianapolis, offers his thoughts on his former teammate coming to Seattle.
Hawks quarterback Matt Hasselbeck talks about the progress he’s made during training camp with KJR’s Mitch Levy in this audio link.
More Levy: He talks with head coach Jim Mora in this audio link.
Still more Levy: Former Seahawks head coach Mike Holmgren joins Levy for an extended conversation in this audio link.